Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


Living Life in Lagos with Sisi Yemmie.

By on February 24, 2016

I am totally hooked on the vlogs of Nigerian lifestyle blogger and new mom Sisi Yemmie. Every week, she shares the joys and tribulations of living in Lagos. I have said and will continue to say: if you have lived in Lagos, you can live anywhere in the world. In sharing her heart and her life with us, Sisi Yemmi confirms this and is a true embodiment of the essence of Lagos. Raising a child anywhere in the world is never easy but doing this in the context of erratic power and water supply and additional unforeseen elements, makes it all the more confounding. Yet, in spite of all the odds thrown at her, Sisi Yemmie continues her vlogs: sharing her heart and giving us uninhibited access to her life: her frustrations, her inspirations, her aspirations. In one episode, her baby is admitted into the hospital and given an IV…I do not think I have seen a child so small on an IV and I remember tears rolling down my face as I said a short prayer. In this latest video, the generator in her home catches fire and thankfully, no one is hurt, but like many people in Lagos do over and over again, you shake it off and keep moving, counting your blessings as you continue the journey. I have so enjoyed watching her son grow from a little baby to the rambunctious toddler he now is…looking totally adorable as he does so. What a cutie!

One lesson learned: I will never watch her vlogs when I am hungry. Sisi Yemmie is an unapologetic foodie – that is one of the many things we all love about her, plus the fact that she has a remarkable sense of style, is a natural hair aficionado, exudes resilience and determination. So back to the food, from suya to efo riro, even though I have not lived in Nigeria for a very long time, I crave Nigerian food all the time and would travel miles to get my hands on authentic Naija dishes…the yam pottage, the snails in peppered stew…I’ll stop here. Sisi Yemmie’s vlogs feature one Naija food delicacy or the other and this is bound to make the hungry Nigerian in the diaspora crave for Naija food with matchless intensity.

I have to mention the other players in Sisi Yemmie’s vlog series: her husband Bobo, and her brother Junior, watching their joyful camaraderie, I am often transported to a time which now resides in my memory and which I often wish I could go back to. And this is why I write about Lagos.

Well done, Sisi Yemmie, you totally and completely rock!