My radio show on Saturday night was in one word, great!
I took part in the 5k Warrior Adrenalin Challenge on Saturday as announced previously.There were about 1,500 contestants. The 10k race was tabled in 8 waves, whilst the 5k race which started at 12 noon had 4 waves. I was on the 12.45 wave. I finished in 87.55 minutes. There were races for groups and Juniors too. When you think that each wave had about 100-150 contestants, it gives you a feel as to how huge the event was.
Talking to Steve later on in my Radio show on AfricaUK Radio, he alluded to the fact that the event had grown bigger than when it first started a couple of years ago. The first event had about 250 people. Regiment Fitness has exploded. People came from every where… Reading, Luton, Stevenage, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, London just to name a few places.
The Dunstable Downs was packed but there was enough parking for every one and the space would have easily taken thousands more. Traffic was not bad either. DD is a natural trust, an area of outstanding beauty. It is the sort of place you walk your dog, have long walks, take your family on a day out, for us on Saturday, the scenery was inspiring plus we had great weather.
As always, the trainers were encouraging, helpful, engaging and motivating, every step of the way. The vibe was very positive. Congratulations to Steven Nodwell and the entire team at Regiment Fitness for putting such an event together. The energy from the start of the race was incredible. At registration, you were given a can of Red Bull,a number on your fore head and at some point, you are able to blacken out your face in preparation for war:) For some reason, I didnt blacken my face. I didnt see where to get it done. O well:)
Dunstable Downs looked like a carnival really. Provision was made for every body: bouncy castles for the kids, burgers, tea, coffee, beer, a DJ was also there playing some very lively music. There was a tent for First Aid and an Ambulance Van was stationed. Thankfully, it was never used. For pictures, have a look at the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/warrioradrenalinerace. I have ‘stolen’ some here.
The race was hard and punishing as I had never done anything like that before. Right now, I feel so proud of my aches, pains and bruises. I cannot wait for the next one. Who knows? Perhaps, that would be a 10k race for me eh? Here are some pictures to take away. I took pictures on my ipad sadly, the pictures were overshadowed by the ipad case. Some of these pictures have been ‘borrowed’ from the Facebook page above.
Nata has emerged the real winnner of the race. Bravely, she finished the race. See her here helped to the finish line by RF instructors. Love you guys:)
It is a great feeling to know that you are not alone. With Regiment, the support you get sees you to the end of whatever it is you want to accomplish.
Taylor Cox, Thomas Davies, Connor Beard, Richie Two Shoes added a little spark to the race like so.They raised funds for two charities including Help for Heroes. Great guys, spoke to them on my radio show as well.
These guys ran the 5K race in about 33 mins! I took a picture with these great guys. If you havent seen it already, its on my Twitter@tundunadeyemo.
This is what I call the Tunnel. It is not as bad as it actually looks. Took this photo off the Facebook War Page. On the actual day, there was no water at the end of this tunnel, just gravel.
The wire. Nasty:) The pink is the ipad cover… sorry!
The Climb! I had to do this one. The lady in the photo is not me! Its alright till you get to the top of it. And if you are scared of heights….. the instructor will help you down. Like so!
The Downs is an amazing place to do this, just see how beautiful it is. We had to do several more challenges like carry a an army bag filled with between 5-10 kg of weight up and down a stretch. Creative eh?
Another challenge I loved was we had to carry a log of wood up and down a stretch. Then there were the tyres and walking on the stilts.
Here is what I call the carpet. You had to crawl under this. It wasnt so bad really. Again, the pink is my ipad cover.
The War Web was a bit tricky. I got through. Honestly, it wasn’t so bad.
Ok! I didnt do this one. Its called the Wall and its at the Finish. I didnt do the water and the slippery bed as well. Was too tired. I simply just walked to the finish line. But, I did it!
I have to go now. Got loads to do. &
nbsp;Set yourself a challenge for something today.
To a great morning:)
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This morning, I am taking part in the 5k Warrior Adrenaline Race http://www.warrioradrenalinerace.co.uk/wave-information/ at Dunstable Downs. I will let you know how I get on. I will be there from 0845am taking pictures, interviewing people and generally getting a feel of the challenge for you and then getting ready for my race.
My race was initially intended for 1230, but a friend and I are going to brave it at 11am. I wonder if I can do this. Many thanks to Steve @www.regimentfitness.co.uk for making this happen for me. So watch this space for pictures, videos and lots more later!
My radio show is at 1730pm, of course that is if I am still alive (lol). Wondering which radio station? It is www.africaukradio.com. I cant wait till we are on DAB.
On the Book bit is my dear friend Remi Fatokun. He will be talking about one of his favorite books ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’. The Conversation tonight is ‘Is There a Place for Religion/Faith in our society today?’ Giving the Christian perspective is Minister Greg Obong Oshote. Ian Smith and David Brittain, a humanist celebrant, both from the Bedfordshire Humanist Society would be offering the Humanist perspective as well.
It will great! Cant’t wait.
See you later.
I love Breis!
An old friend, rapper, author and entrepreneur is coming on my show next week Saturday the 5th of October to talk about his music, poetry, passion and every thing in between.
Here is his video!!!!!!!!
More from Breis can be found here:
Second week on Radio. Here is how it all happened.
I had the indefatigable Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed over the phone talk about blogging and Alain Mabanckou’s book ‘Tomorrow, I will be Twenty. As expected, Zahrah was on point with her delivery and expert take on the book and all questions asked. A great guest, she will be back later in the year to analyse Chimanda Adichie’s Book ‘Americannah’.
Steven Nodwell, CEO Regiment Fitness also attended. His warmth and congeniality endeared him to every one at the studio. Steve, an ex-military man spoke about how Regiment fitness started from an idea he had when he was serving his country in Afghan. Refreshingly modest, and only 28, Steve encouraged people to take up a fitness challenge, to get involved in the community by trying something new every day. Success stories abound in the Regiment Fitness way.
So many people have lost the weight they desire and most importantly, they have kept it off by maintaining an healthy diet and regularly training with Regiment. But, its no magic. You must be determined to win the war against the fat. It is literally waging war against body fat.
It is more than exercising at Regiment, it is about relationships as well. This is the plus factor gyms and health clubs dont have.I had trained with Regiment Fitness on Saturday morning for the very first time. Even though my buttocks, thighs and upper arms hurt, I could not help but notice the positivity and general easy ambiance of the trainers and indeed of the group I trained with. I made friends and had a laugh. This must be why people keep coming back to Regiment. People do want to lose the fat, but in an atmosphere where they are supported to do so. Regiment Fitness has exploded for this reason: its brought back fun to exercise and fitness. Steve has a lot to do, taking his company National.
Back to the Studio with Steve. His love for his day job clearly evident, his company also works with schools, colleges and disabled kids in the Luton Borough Council. He promised to make an exercise dvd for people who cannot get to a Regiment Fitness Centre.
I am ever so grateful to my mum, her brother (Uncle Folarin), my sister, cousins and indeed all the people who listened just to support me, from across the world. It is hoped you like what the radio show is about.
The Not So Good
If Apple does not talk me ever again I would understand. I was an idiot in a comment I made and I am sorry. I am. There is no nice way to put this, I have excess weight too. I am working to lose the belly fat.
Mum said I giggled too much. I will be much calmer next time. Promise.
If you have questions about diet, exercise, getting fit, personal training, you can send Steven a tweet@regimentfitness or you can find out more here: www.regimentfitness.co.uk.
I am doing a 5k run tomorrow night with Rob and on the 28th, I am taking part in the Warrior Adrenaline 5k race on the 1245 wave http://www.warrioradrenalinerace.co.uk/. I have never done anything like this before in my life. I am going for a laugh and for me, it is another opportunity to burn calories, lose weight, win a bet? So why not? This event really need no advertising, you can still come as a spectator….
If you live anywhere within the Beds, Herts , Bucks or even in North London and you can make it, come on down to Dunstable Downs on Saturday the 28th. There will be a DJ, food, bouncy castle for the kids and lots more. Make it a family day out?
Wonder what the Warrior Challenge is really like? Have a look at JamesA’s blog. He documents the April 2013 Warrior Challenge here http://jamesablog.starjump.org/?p=2256.
Not quite sure how that will work, but I will also be tweeting, taking pictures and doing interviews for @tellng and @AfricaUKRadio. Watch this space!
P.S: I will be posting here later today my column in TELL. Can you guess what it is all about? Your guess is as good as mine.
I am very pleased to confirm that Steven Nodwell from Regiment Fitness http://www.regimentfitness.co.uk/ will be in the AfricaUK Studio discussing amongst other things, the story behind the fitness company taking this region by storm. I hope to find out more than the story, I look forward to learning about why Steven is so passionate about exercise and what are his tricks for getting rid of unwanted fat.
Zahrah Nesbitt Ahmed-Publisher of the African Literature Blog: Bookshy: An African Book lover http://bookshybooks.blogspot.co.uk/will also be with us to talk about Alain Mabankou’s book ‘Tomorrow, I will be Twenty’.
So, will you be there on Saturday listening from 530pm?
The Station is: AfricaUKRadio.com.
Okay! I own up to the fact that the article published this week in TELL was motivated because I signed up to E-harmony and another dating site. Yes, I did it! I am actually proud of myself too.
are unemployed. Most women lie about the way they look knowing if they write that they are size 22, they won’t get hits. So men, be careful when a woman describes herself as slender and athletic. She might mean the exact opposite. These are examples of how both sexes play with the truth.
Saturday the 14th of September at 17:30, I interviewed Author and Writer Tolu Popoola. A self starter and a determined woman,Tolu,was a great guest and it was a great interview. She spoke frankly about life as a writer, publisher and mum. Tolu is the Author of the best selling book ‘Nothing Comes Close’. An Independent Publisher at http://www.accomplishpress.com/books, Tolu’s latest release is a combination of several short stories. Fertile Imagination and (other titles coming soon) are available here to buy: http://www.accomplishpress.com/books/
Helen and Churchill Kayode were in the studio for the- Conversation Segment- to give their insight to the topic ‘Life Journeys: Tips for a Successful Life Journey. I have interviewed the Kayodes before. They are presently Consultants at www.conquista.co.uk. Mrs Kayode is a Solicitor, Magistrate and IT consultant. Her husband was an airline pilot at Nigerian Airways for many years before he relocated to the United Kingdom. He retrained, gaining various qualifications in IT. The loving couple, who shared water from a bottle, are strong believers in networking, volunteering and integrating in society are also into kick boxing, public speaking, working with charities and making an impact within their local communities.
The Conversation centered on the benefits of Volunteering. Here are some highlights: volunteering can help stir and drive a person’s career into the right direction. Volunteering can help a person make the right network of friends. Volunteering can help bring a person out of his comfort zone and help social integration. Volunteering in the society must be targeted and aimed at a goal. Mrs Kayode said the key to success lies in loving each job/role and giving it ones best. It is not all about money. It is the attitude. A person with the right work ethic will do better than a person who is only at a job to kill time or simply to make money.
The life tips offered by the couple include: working smartly, be prepared, follow your passion and come out of your comfort zone.
This Saturday 21st September, Zahrah Nesbitt- Ahmed- the publisher of the Blog: Book Shy; An African Book Lover will be with us for the first half an hour. In the Conversation segment the topic is ‘Is there still place for religion in our society?’ Leading that conversation will be Minister Greg Obong Oshote.
So there it is, a great start.
Here to a great Monday 🙂
I got this email last night from my cousin Adeola who lives in Abuja. Please have a read and action if you can. I have attached her email and the forwarding email on here for you to have a read. It is not a hoax or some 419 scam you can be rest assured.
Dear All,Permit me to invade your privacy. You are receiving this email from me because you happen to be a member of my network in one way or the other and i crave some support from you.My friend, Ifeoma, mother to 10year old Jed and 5 year old Jes, both boys, resides here in Abuja. Just as a number of us did, Ifeoma and the boys chose to spend this year’s summer vacation abroad.Unfortunately, the three week planned trip to the UK is not ending anytime soon. What should ordinarily have been a mild case of fever with anaemia for her older son, Jedidiah has been diagnosed to be Leukaemia.The doctors have advised that they stay back, assuring of high chances of survival if treated but only after an initial deposit of £50,000 and that’s only to start with.This has happened so suddenly and unexpectedly. While the family is still coming to terms with the seriousness of the condition, there is need to commence treatment as soon as possible.Some of us may have an idea of the cost of treatment in a London hospital without any health insurance. It can be that high.My family is supporting Ifeoma’s family at this trying period both with our prayers and our donation.I thought i should include you in this, a seed sown as contribution towards Jed’s full recovery and an opportunity to bless and be blessed in return.If you’d like to support, please pay into her account: IFEOMA JONAS, GTBANK, ACCOUNT NO: 0131730279. You may please send me an email afterwards so she can acknowledge and show her appreciationIfeoma’s identity and other details of the hospital in London are verifiable – you can be sure this is no hoax.I pray that we may all continue to enjoy and live in good health. AmenBest regardsAdeola Remi-John
If you are in the United Kingdom and you are able to give, the details are here.
Name of account- Olubukola Brown
UK account number is 18673968
Sort code 309988
May God Bless you.
My sister did not like when I wrote about her little angel a couple of years ago. Its been a long time now, perhaps, she has changed her mind.
I am in a Tribute mood, remembering my oldies and reliving them again. Here is one of my very first column articles.
The Ancient Book of Jeremiah records ‘before I formed thee in the belly,I knew thee’.
Before Ire, I was a non- domesticated young woman. I had prided myself on the strength to focus on the things that matter in life: my job, my writings, the need to change my car (I have since changed my car. I am looking to change my car again!) and the urgency to get with the program and the need to get a mortgage. Babies and everything in that department were on number 10 on every life list made.
As a rule, I don’t do babies, children, diapers, milk, kitchen etc. I cook, but I wont describe myself as a gourmet goddess. I enjoy good food and I have every respect for those who have mastered the skills of doing magic with vegetables, beans, turkey or rice. My strength, I think, lies away from the domestics. I have friends who have the softer things in their lives planned. I am simply not that type. I take it you now know what I mean!
Till I met Iretomide.
Ire is my sister Dupe’s baby. He was born December 3 and he is arguably the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.
After I had washed my hands, I held him in my arms. He was sleeping. I am not sure he was aware I carried him. That experience for me was surreal. I had not felt that warmth of love for humanity in a long time. I carried him softly, cuddled him, and started to do what any woman would do intuitively, I took a walk around the house with him. The mother in me had woken up and I couldn’t help it.
I would spend the next days just hovering around when he was being breast fed, sleeping, playing and being washed. I just wanted to carry him all the time.
Ire is my first experience with babies and he made it worth my while. He wasn’t accusing or questioning. He was simply trusting. He loved me just the way I was. I needed no qualifications to love, hold, comfort or care for him. Ire didnt care I have spots on the right side of my face or that I am ambidextrous.
I started to observe his hand movements when he sucked his mother’s breasts, when he wanted to sleep, when he was satisfied, angry, impatient, soiled, distressed etc. I found that if you really look and observe, babies do communicate with us in a very special way. Ire did!
I now know why my mum loves me unconditionally. I know why God does not mess around when I am involved. I know why when I call out to God he answers. I am like Ire to him. I know why Jesus wanted all the little children to come to him.
The desire to protect one’s family, to stand with a child in any circumstances is unexplainable. I simply became resolved to make Ire happy. Ire wont need to ask for anything. I will always be there for him.
I noticed when he started to turn his head, his preference for his mum and the way he takes to sleep when his father carries him. I noticed his partiality for soul music. His father would often play him Christian tunes: music from his phone and Ire would gently begin to sleep. I noticed with his grandmother, he enjoyed the ‘Ekusa song’.
Ire has come into our lives to show us all that God is in the details. God made men perfect without blemish. Ire has come to remind us that the hand of God is in all we do. Ire entered into his 4th week on Thursday, he still doesn’t know he has touched a place in my heart I never even knew existed.
If I am this inspired by Ire I wonder how elated his parents must be each time they look at him or hold him in their arms.
I am not sure when it happened. Ire and I made a bond. He let me carry him and he didn’t cry. When he smiled, it was like the heavens opened. It was beautiful. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful it feels to hold Ire. He opens his fingers in an analytical way when he is being carried, about to cry, eating. We can begin to tell what he wants (almost) by following the opening of his hands. When he cries, it hurts.
Holding Ire in my arms showed me that being a mother has simply got to be one of the most special and amazing l experiences in life . If you have a child, you are blessed. If you don’t have children yet, open your heart to some of the things we can learn from little babies. Before Ire I was just there, Ire opened me up to this world of opportunities and possibilities.
Ire gave me hope. I cannot put my hands on. Hope in the sense that this is what matters. Life is on many levels. The level with Ire would seem to be the highest there is. Now I know why my friends with children say their children remain the best thing in life to them. There is something exquisite about Ire: a purity, an innocence.
God uses the stupid things of the world to teach us wisdom. God used Ire to show me life was not in the glamour and sophistication of London, Lagos and New York. Ire is life. Perfect. Ideal.
I know I will always be there for Ire. He wont need to call. I will always come running.
I am back on the beat. I miss Ire, his mum and dad terribly. They made Ire possible. I felt their love and devotion to each other and Ire. I think I bonded even more with my sister than I have ever done in my entire life. Ire brought us closer.
I left Ire with deeply convinced that life without children was not an option for me. Its a journey I must make. Soon.
It was a draw really. Kayode’s questions were hard and unsympathetic but he met a rather eloquent and often exasperated lawyer who knew how to use and play with words wisely.
My favorite question was ‘What if I say Chief Femi Fani Kayode is just seeking relevance, he is lost out of power, he is no longer a Minister, you are just creating these controversies to bring attention to yourself’? An agitated Mr Fani Kayode, said he did not need to seek relevance adding that he had been in politics for 23 years.bla bla bla..The Chief ended by saying All is well.
Kayode also asked him ‘Do you have any regrets about the article you wrote and Mr Fani-Kayode un repentantly said he had no regrets. He urged people to write rejoinders if they did not agree with him and that there were millions of people who agreed with the opinion he shared.
The interview (in my opinion) was juicy to the end. A huge well-done to Mr Ogundamisi and his team at Ben Television for bringing us the program.
Politricks with Kayode Ogundamisi airs every Thursday on Bentelevision at 2000 hrs GMT. You can watch yesterday’s program here.
This is not news though, I only just found out. Researching this has made me angry. In the UK, it is obvious that non Europeans are not wanted. From November, first time visitors from Nigeria ( India, Pakistan and other countries) will have to pay £3,000 as a deposit on entry into the United Kingdom. Read more here http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/409777/Asian-and-African-visitors-will-have-to-pay-3-000-cash-bond
Unfortunately, the Nigerian government, currently embroiled in the fracture of the PDP, is yet to retaliate in any meaningful way. Shame!
Anyways, more information about the Swiss racist policy can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23599502.
Ikenna’s satire here. Enjoy watching!
Hopefully, the rainy weather in London today wont affect the Book Launch of Chief Segun Odegbami’s autobiographical book at the Nigeria High Commission.
The book titled ‘Me, Football and More’ tells the story of Nigerian football by a seasoned veteran of the sport.
Nicknamed ‘Mathematical’ for his exquisite skills, pace and accuracy, Odegbami is featured on the BBC’s website as one of African’s legends. Segun Odegbami was born in the city of Lagos in 1952. He was brought up in the Northern city of Jos. He rose to fame with IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan (now known as 3SC of Ibadan).
One of the greatest football players Nigeria has ever produced, he played a key role when his club became the first Nigerian outfit to win a continental title – the 1976 African Cup Winners Cup.
I am presently reading Americannah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie…. slowing moving because I am just busy. When I am done, I will tell you what I think. Don’t wait for it though. Buy it and read it yourself. Her book ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is ‘premiering’ at the Toronto International Book Festival’. Here is the trailer.
The second video shows Mr Terry Tyler giving Pastor TD Jakes $1million dollars at Megafest 2013 and Pastor Jakes appearing to be ‘ slightly slain in the spirit’ after Mr Perry lays his hands on him. I love Mr Perry. He is a cool and fine brother. I wish he would give a million dollars to your project or charity. But he wont. It is his money. He can spend it anyway he wants. So dont hate!
It is not clear why people are making a big deal of this video. As for Pastor Jakes, if you were given $1million dollars, would you not be ‘moved in the spirit’ like he was? How would you show your gratitude for a million dollars in your offering basket eh? We clearly need more $1 million dollar donations in the Kingdom. Do I hear an Amen?
Finally, if you missed British Nigerian Comedian Ikenna Azuike Interview with Komla Doumar on BBC World View. Here it is, have a listen. Both men are making the African continent proud.