I like to use my music and love stories to help others on their journey of love or healing. – Ka’MeL
Commentary has been abridged by Ashley & Debbie.
There’s a pop artist on the rise whose sultry music speaks to both new and old souls. Artist Ka’Mel Lauryn provides a rich, gorgeous sound that— coupled with the intense, meaningful lyrics— makes for a thought-provoking listening experience.
In her new single “What do I do,” Lauryn provides her perspective and touching insight on the conflicting emotions one feels when in a relationship. The song holds a compelling melody, sucking listeners into Lauryn’s world of heartbreak.
Ka’Mel articulates the confusion and constant overthinking that a woman can go through if things are unsure or there is a lack of communication from the other party. She is entirely aware of her emotions and what she wants, but it doesn’t feel reciprocated. Therefore that leaves her confused and not knowing what to do; hence ‘What do I do?’ which is her song title and Chorus. It’s also one of those songs that stick with you, and it’s quite catchy. I found myself singing ‘What do I do?’ even as I was writing this- (prolong the ‘do’- you’ll know when you listen to the song).
Listening to the song reminded me of the mixed signals that have men and women overthinking in their relationships, ‘almost relationships,’ also known as ‘situationships’ or as Jada Smith calls it ‘an entanglement.’ Men! The 21st Century should probably have its Dictionary. Is there one already?
All in all, Lauryn’s music could appeal to a wide range of listeners, telling an age-old story of relationship turmoil while adding a twist of her distinct sound to the mix. Although her music holds a similar groove to that of artists like SZA and Ari Lennox, her lyrics provide insight into her unique perspective on love, and through her songs, it is clear to see she is making a space within the genre for her words.
Ka’Mel Lauryn’s single was released on July 8th, 2020 and will be on her EP ‘Love Playz’. You can stream it on all platforms.
Follow Ka’Mel on Twitter for updates on her music and content outlets including her own blog @KaMel_Lauryn
#EatDrinkFestival is a one of a kind festival and social event. Now in its fifth year, the team is taking #EatDrinkFestival to greater heights. In addition to bites and sips from a dynamic selection of Lagos’ upcoming vendors, pop-ups from celebrity and aspiring chefs, and hobbyist cooks, the Food Festival is an annual event set in the beautiful bay of the Lekki coliseum. The festival takes place every year in the last days of the year after the holidays (ikr, what a way to end the year).
The Food Festival combines innovation and interaction with the audiences. In just six years, the Festival has gained momentum with around 30,000 visitors in only one weekend. The primary purpose of the festival is to communicate inspiration and gastronomic knowledge about the cosmopolitan culture to all of its visitors.
What was offered was a wide range of special events and tastings with a focus on indigenous food culture – from seaweed safaris to sausage-making and cabbage workshops, to gourmet picnics along the boulevard. Visitors of all ages will discover engaging and insightful activities and master classes.
There was an atmosphere driven by enthusiasm and passion for local food culture and seeks to promote the Nigerian kitchen nationally as well as internationally. It gathered some of the leading producers, chefs, and enthusiasts to raise questions and create experiences around cosmopolitan/indigenous food for all its visitors.
Smolefikpots was my fave at the festival the corn did taste like it was drizzled with honey (or was it raspberry?). The chicken was a tad bit over seasoned but the flavor was toned down with the spring onion, and do not get me started on the Jollof rice, exactly how I like it; slightly burnt and moist. It was foodie heaven.
Thanks to the blog ( *coughs* Fatima) I did not miss out on dessert. I had chocolate banana drizzled doughnut with honey dips and sprinkles. When I tell you the entire thing melted in my mouth like whipped cream (Y’all gon think I’m lying, but I’m not). Here’s a rare photo of heaven in a box.
Guests could choose from relatively simple meals such as seafood Jollof and ofada Jollof to more exciting concoctions such as Jollof samosa, Jollof shawarma, groundnut jollof rice, Jollof arancini and acha (Fonio) Jollof.
Other options included Jollof risotto, Jollof couscous, nkwobi ( spicy cow foot) Jollof, Jollof burrito, coconut jollof rice, smokey ofada infused Jollof rice, Jollof gnocchi, and Jollof quinoa which could be washed down with cocktails, zobo, smoothies, beer and of course water. There was gelato and popsicles (some alcoholic) for when the weather got hot.
For the people who, for some reason, weren’t there for Jollof anything, there were other options including dirty rice, chicken wings, pork chops, small chops, asun ( spicy goat meat usually roasted), cookies, BBQ wings, native rice, and salads. The Food Festival did offer a diversity of opportunities and great experiences to a broad group of people in just one weekend.
Hopefully next year’s even more thrilling.
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The bane of every and I mean EVERY self-respecting college student is remaining attentive. I cannot confidently say I am not a victim of this, given that we are continually being stimulated thus not giving our brains enough time to process and manage one event from another. Technology has given us two distinct options: Use me or Abuse me.
It took a lot of effort and patience to test and try out apps that would keep me aware of how I manage my time without having the FOMO. As we all get older, our priorities are bound to filter through. Here are 5 mobile apps that are staples for everyone trying to be efficient.
Platform: iOS + Android
Price: USD 1.99
You have that test coming up or your eyes hurt, but you lack the willpower to put your device down? Build a forest. We all have that innate desire to be rewarded when setting out to do something, so why not invest in an app that not only encourages you to take a timeout but also participates in real life tree planting around the world?
Platform: iOS + Android
Forget about trying to communicate with your team members on a group project with facebook messenger or Instagram. It’s not going to work, believe me. There are people outchea with trap phones ( in 2018, there are people outchea with trap phones. Argue with your ancestors).
GroupMe enables all parties to communicate without being distracted and even has an in-built Dropbox feature to help with quick file sharing. One thing I like about this is that you can register with either an email address or phone number (for SMS features).
Platform: iOS + Android
I don’t care how organized (or not) you were back in high school but believe me when I tell you, COLLEGE IS NOT HIGH SCHOOL. Everything works like clockwork and skipping on something like a class or forgetting to attend a meeting or replying an important email is the beginning of failure. It’s essential to schedule your entire semester and making sure it is accessible when you need it. One brilliant feature of Google is that most if not all of their products can be synced on multiple platforms. This is a staple. Set up reminders for deadlines especially if you have a full academic year.
At the end of every Spring semester is an opportunity for an internship. At the end of every college graduation is a prospective job. Most people are absolutely clueless about what they want to do when they’ve really come to terms to adulting. LinkedIn gives you an opportunity to scan through millions of companies and institutions which they are looking for to recruit. Start as early as possible by signing up that way you can at least have a plan on where you want your future to lead you.
Platform: iOS + Android
Under no circumstance should you NOT ignore emails while school is in session. Depending on what email address you have on record, you’ll almost if not always get emails to your .edu address. Be sure to have it linked to any of your email clients such as Mail on iOS, Outlook provided by Microsoft and Gmail. It also saves you the stress of wondering what your username is ( especially if it’s something from your embarrassing pre-adolescent years) and whether or not it can be used professionally.
Fatyma Amadou is a college student, blogger and owns this blog.
Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by the above companies mentioned. This worked for me so basically it’s me ( as usual) helping you 🙂