11 Random Facts About Me and the Liebster Award

The Liebster Award 2017 is usually given to bloggers by other bloggers to help them get more exposure and to my surprise, I was nominated for one. The nomination came from Onyinyechi of Onyixtus.com – a blog about love, life and law. I am quite pleased because I have read a couple of interesting blog posts for the award and never really thought I’d one day be writing one. Actually, as far as the rules go, being nominated for a Liebster Award is essentially the same thing and winning the award.

Here are some general rules of the Liebster Award 2017:

  1. Write a blog post about your nomination, thanking the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog in your post.
  2. List the rules and regulations in your blog post.
  3. Display the award on your blog within the blog post and/or in the side bar
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  6. Nominate 5-11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions as well.
  7. List the rules in your post.
  8. Inform the bloggers they’ve been nominated and provide a link to the post about your award.

Here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. I love closeness but I also love my space – I’m not a loner but I always need moments when I can spend time with myself to rest, refresh and rejuvenate. I use this opportunity to look inward and do the inner work required for me to be fully present and give my best when I am in the presence of others. Occasionally, I might bring someone very special along but even then, I will still need some alone time outside of that.
  2. I have a lived experience of mental illness – Going through this has redefined the way I view people and as a public speaker, I offer Style and Expression workshops across the city in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, using fashion as a vehicle to get women on a path to recovery. I’m so over the stigma though. Most historical geniuses had a history of mental illness, it comes with the territory of being a whiz kid. Check it out. Abraham Lincoln? – depression… and let’s not even talk about the great Charles Darwin.
  3. March 2003 – My mother died at the cusp of my womanhood. Obviously, I miss her but it’s been what? 14 years at least. Seriously, I’ve quit playing victim on this one. Life goes on and there’s no point sulking about it.
  4. I love African fashion – I bet this is already pretty obvious if you’ve been reading this blog long enough.
  5. I’m a bona fide teaholic – I literally go through no less than at least two cups of tea a day.
  6. My favourite Netflix shows right now are Suits and Downton Abbey.
  7. I am the fourth and only female child in my family after three elder brothers.
  8. Two things I want to do before I die are 1. learn how to play the guitar and 2. learn to speak French fluently
  9. I live with three females from the Philippines and together we make a charming townhouse in Kitchener our home.
  10. I come from a tourist city called Jos that sits on a plateau in the North-central region of Nigeria (also known as the middle-belt) known for its beautiful cold weather and amazing rock formations.
  11. I speak Hausa language fluently… well, maybe it has gotten a bit weak for lack of practice but I think its still there.

Here are 11 answers to the questions Onyinyechi asked me:

  1. If you were to have lunch with a famous person, who would it be and why? – I’d probably ask Diane Von Furstenberg out to lunch. Besides picking her brain about digital marketing in fashion, I really want to know what she was thinking when she invented the wrap dress.
  2. What is your comfort food? – When I think of comfort food, winter comes to my mind for some reason so I’m going to go with a warming and soothing hot bowl of soup. Cream of potato to be precise.
  3. Name 3 of your favourite childhood games that you’ll teach your children. – None. Society is evolving at a much faster rate than kids are able to mature. I will rather equip them to make wise choices and let them choose their preferences.
  4. What is your pet peeve? – I hate passive aggressive behaviour. Like, seriously stop acting up because high school is over. I believe that everyone should have a very healthy means of expressing anger and conducting themselves even in difficult situations that are hard to navigate.
  5. How much do I have to pay you to jaywalk? – It depends. Are we talking about jaywalking the traffic in Nigeria or Canada? Each region would yield a different answer.
  6. Who was the last person you told “I love you?” – lol, I know where this is going but I’m going to say my dad. I love my father.
  7. What is the first thing you do as soon as you wake up? – I want to say I pray but damn the digital age! The answer is “I look at my phone.” After that, I move on to other obvious things.
  8. How would you describe the colour “red” to a blind person? – Something hot and fiery, often angry and sometimes dangerous.
  9. Who’d you rather – Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler? – Donald Trump because he humours me. Hitler was a tyrant.
  10. What is your first reaction when upset? – My reaction is usually to express myself in a firm, non-confrontational tone and then withdraw into a shell or cave where I can calm down and heal the impact of any upset.
  11. Describe yourself in one word? – Passionate… I’d like to think that I bring passion to everything I do and that’s the only way to live.

P.S. – I will be back to update this post with the 5 new bloggers I am nominating to receive this Liebster award next so stay tuned. I have to do some research first as most of the blogs I’ve been reading have been around for a fair amount of time.

Before then, I would love to hear from you. What did you think about this blog post and my answers? 



  1. October 8, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Nice one Jamila! I love love the way you described the colour red to a blind person. For the first thing you do when you wake up, I also look at my phone. Thank God I’m not alone.

    I’m so proud of you and what you are doing with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Keep it up!


    • Jamila
      October 9, 2017 / 1:50 am

      Hello Onyinyechi,

      Thanks once again for nominating me! I had so much fun writing this blog post and your questions were amazing! I’ll be sure to connect more often with you and stay in touch. Cheers!

  2. October 11, 2017 / 12:03 am

    Aww I loved your answers! I love how you said you have quit playing victim after your mother’s death. Also, that thing you said about intelligent people and depression is so true! It was lovely to have a little peek into your person.

    • Jamila
      October 11, 2017 / 1:53 am

      Hello Precious!

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Great to read comments from you again.

  3. October 27, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Awww such an inspiring write up. It was good to learn something new about you and I must say thumbs up girl!!! I hope you achieve all your goals and keep having success stories in this journey of adulting.
    I was nominated and I’m expected to answer these questions, but a lot has been going on. I guess you’ve inspired me to speed up and pull out my answers as well.
    All the best!


    • Jamila
      October 28, 2017 / 1:19 am

      Hey Zinny!

      Thank you so much! The success stories will be rolling in one after the other. It’s just a matter of time and I hope you will stick around to celebrate with me. Well, I look forward to reading the answers to your questions. Honestly, you’re going to have a lot of fun answering them. Cheers!

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