Monday, February 1, 2010
Not Mandatory but Freaking Good: Diary of an Unpaid Intern
As many of you know, I was born and raised in Florida but I’m Nigerian. My parents were born and raised in Nigeria and I went to secondary school there.
So I’m an American Nigerian, a hybrid, a cultural mutt.
Anyway, I thank God every day for the path I’ve been on. I often feel like things changed for me when I attended Home Science Secondary School.
Going to school in Nigeria was one of the best experiences of my life because I met some of the most amazing, intelligent, driven people. These people – my peers – challenged me to do better in every aspect of my life and represent not only myself and my family but Nigeria with everything I do.
ANYWAY, I want to start writing about some of the blogs and websites I frequent. I know I don’t always get super personal in my posts but I feel you can tell a lot about a person by what they read.
One of the blogs I read happens to belong to my fellow classmate and friend Neefemi (Betty pictured above). Her blog Diary of an Unpaid Intern is awesome. Now let me tell you why:
If you’re anything like me, you’re not exactly in the know when it comes to music (still listening to the same stuff from middle school). I have to be led to the water because I’m not going to find it on my own. Thankfully I’m more well rounded musically thanks to Pandora, Perez Hilton and Diary of an Unpaid Intern.
Music Mondays have reintroduced me to the classics and exposed me to music I wouldn’t have access to because I’m too lazy to find it on my own.
With Diary of an Unpaid Intern, people are bound to discover music outside of their usual tastes. I listen to Dolly Parton now. Yes, Diary of an Unpaid Intern introduced me to someone I used to associate with triple Ds and peroxide.
And I wouldn’t listen to Nigerian music at all if not for her blog and that would be a shame because most artists from Naija are freaking talented.
By the way, Neefemi wrote a great article on Nigerian artist Banky Wellington for Angonemi.com. Check it out.
Besides her ear for good music, Neefemi’s posts are bravely honest. I love her candid talk on everything from boys to being independent to friendship. She’s not pretentious; she calls it like she sees it and her observations are spot on and hilarious. I feel like she lets her readers in and tells us what’s on her mind. She shares her life with us; the good days, the bad days, the random thoughts, the poetry she wrote in the middle of the night, excerpts from the book she’s working on.
So Diary of an Unpaid Intern is one of the blogs I frequent often and I’m suggesting you guys check it out for a peek into the life of a young, independent, Nigerian woman who’s making shit happen.
That is all.