Saturday, 21 November 2009

Just when I thought that Chinese and Japanese people couldn't sing!

Not too long ago I was accused of been a narrow-minded ranter on the internet. Like many minimal insults that come my way I brushed it aside and continued my good works on planet earth. I however fear that after this post that accuser may have many points on her plate. But do I care?... NOT!!!!!!!!!.

I have never been to Asia but I am a member of that generation that is grateful to the thing called internet. So like many people who have not gone to Asia I decided to go hunting for information about this continent. It was upon my quest that I stumbled on this dude.

He seems to know everything about the Chinese and he looks like one so why not. Including his sound knowledge about the priceless fact that Asians can't sing.

I wasn't privileged to dwell on this ignorance for too long when something happened. It was so extra ordinary it changed my life. I discovered this

and this,... which I saved for last as it's the best of the lot I came across.

It was all thanks to my cousin in the South. Apparently she is fascinated with the whole Japan-China thing and always plans to educate me when she can. Suddenly I had encountered this new knowledge and boldness as a result. So out of innocence I said, “this people are like the Americans” (the dialogue below is the result of that utterance).

Cousin-in-the-South: what!!!!! no-o!!!!!!!!
Obi-talker: what did I say wrong-na?
Cousin-in-the-South: It is the Americans that copied them.
Obi-talker: oh-oo, okay I did not know
Cousin-in-the-south: This is what every one doesn't know
Obi-talker: You might have a point-oo, because I remember back in Uni doing some research around the history of break dance and I discovered its links with kung fu fighting
Cousin-in-the-South: You see, you see!

At this point I am even beginning to question my own thought process. And wondering how I got into this debate and confirmation in the first place. It is here that I immediately declare that I am hungry. Am sure there are people out there who have just discovered this genre of music, I don't want to believe I am the only one...wait a minute, I actually could be! All said, its all hip-hop music.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Just when I thought my flair for niaja music blogging has died

My days have been filled with many things, top of the list was supposed to be my climate change story until I unknowingly enrolled to register voters in my area for next year's coming elections. Little did I realise that this would involve walking in the harsh Yorkshire cold. I am also now an official A-Z. I have been to so many streets in the area that I now know almost everywhere there is to be known. In between that the bin men are still on strike. Technically they have been for the past two months (no pun intended). What am indirectly saying is that the situation in front of my house is so humiliating that my only family now identifies our home as the house with refuse in front of it. So yes there will be no pictures on this blog.

Thank you, but no thank you, I certainly am not in the league of bloggers who take pleasure in humiliating themselves on-line. The day I become that bold we'll all know. That said in the midst of all this problem, I see this video and yes something that takes my mind away from all I have to do.

I lied, the only reason this video is on my blog is because I know the dude in the green shirt running around been chased by those three guys (the guy with the mask is Lagbaja himself).

So the dude in the green shirt is Toby. He was my mate back in university days. And he is such an outstanding performer. He brings interpretation to what ever role he takes. He's a professional actor and choreographer who's performed across the globe. It's weird how I always run into him in the weirdest-least-expected places and I feel its happening again now. I mean, me seeing him in this video, just like that. Or how about just a few months back when I ran into him at Akoka. It still beats how I ran into him at West Ham, just like that. I mean I see the guy like anyway, so yeah, definitely worthy of been talked about on this blog.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Are you into Climate change? Can you get to Yorkshire on Friday?

A limited number of tickets are available for the Countdown to Copenhagen Debate which will take place from 6.00-7.30pm on Friday 13th November at the University of Leeds.

Hosted by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, the debate will be introduced by University of Leeds’ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur and chaired by Centre Director, Professor Andy Gouldson.

Our panel comprises:

- Franny Armstrong, Director of the Age of Stupid and founder of the 10:10 campaign
- the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA
- Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Change, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds
- Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament
- the Rt Hon John Prescott MP, Leader of the British delegation to the Council of Europe/ Rapporteur for Climate Change for the Council of Europe
- Ashok Sinha, Director of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition

The debate, which will be a catalyst for a lively open question and answer session with an audience comprising students, university staff, people from the city and region working on climate-change/sustainability, activists and members of the public, will explore issues such as:

- Given the latest scientific evidence on climate change, what kind of global deal does the world need?
- What are the obstacles to achievement at Copenhagen and how can these be overcome?
- What should the UK and the EU be doing to enhance the prospects for an ambitious global deal at Copenhagen?
- How can activists/other interested parties best maintain political pressure on Government/other decision makers?
- How will Government ministries work together to deliver on commitments made at Copenhagen?
- What impacts might a global deal at Copenhagen have on the economy and society in the UK and internationally?

Remaining places will be offered on a first come-first served basis. To request a place, please email Centre Administrator, Margo Hanson ( ), ensuring that your full name, and if relevant, name of your organisation, are detailed in your reply.

Details of the venue and arrangements to collect tickets will be emailed nearer the time.

Although there will be an open question and answer session after the panel debate, we would like our audience to inform the debate itself and would welcome any questions or important points you would like raising during the debate. Please include these in your email reply.

Obi-talk time:
Inbetween me trying to work out my reports for Project Survival Media, I think this debate is great stuff for the way forward. I received this and thought I should spill it.