Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guest Post - Tobi from IamExcessP - Georgia by way of Nigeria

While living in Europe back in 2006-2008, I had the pleasure of making friends with an adorable couple named Torinse and Reliance who were originally from Nigeria, but living in London. When I think about my experience they often come to mind.

That being said, it brings me the pleasure to introduce you to my next guest - Tobi from IamExcessP who is also originally from Nigeria. I've been following his blog for awhile and really enjoy his fresh take on fashion, music, and culture. So before I get carried away and steal the limelight, here he is .. enjoy!

My name is Oluwatobiloba Adetifa, I make it easier for people so it's fine if you call me Tobi. I come from Nigeria, and I lived there all my life until I moved to the United States a little over 2 years ago. It's been a wonderful experience so far. Presently I live in Georgia, America. I am a college sophomore studying Management Information Systems. Coming from Nigeria, you can tell I am not used to cold weather conditions, which is why I love Georgia. It is cold compared to Nigeria, but in comparison with other states in the U.S, it is one of the warmest. We did not have a single snow day this winter which is absolutely awesome for me. I run a blog called, and it is basically a documentation of my life (fashion, music, & poetry). I started this blog January 2011, but it was abandoned for a few months before I finally took it a bit more serious around August last year. The blog is growing steadily, and my kids would see what their father was like as a kid. It would also create opportunities for me. Like you are interviewing me now. Why? Because you came across my blog. I was that little kid who mama always called to ask if her outfit looked good or if she tied her gele (African female head-gear) right. I developed a flair for fashion at a very young age, and music has always been a part of my life as well. I sing every time, and listen to songs every time. My dad always played songs, and I was fascinated by the beats and all of that. My mother on the other hand used to buy me music cassettes, because she noticed my love for music (When I say cassettes, you should have a good idea that I have loved this long ago). Music is a very strong tool, it can make you cry, make you fight, inspire you, console you (I could go on and on, but I would stop there for now) Poetry on the other hand was a skill I realized I had when I was dating my first girlfriend. haha. Other people noticed this about me too and commended it. One thing I realized is that, when you are gifted in something, you may not see anything special in your ability until people start to commend you. I believe so much in myself and my abilities, and I just need adequate amount of time in my hands to blow minds as much as I would like to :)

Thanks so much Tobi! Check my new favorite post on a cover by Alex Boye of Coldplay's 'Paradise' here.

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