Throwback Thursday: ALAians Media 2015 Photoshoot

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Babatope Aiku

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Portia, Jamie, Arlene, Joe, Seyi, Bubelo, Babatope

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Portia

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Portia, Jamie

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Babatope, Bubelo

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Babatope & Bubelo

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Portia observes them flowers.

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What’s an ALA Halloween?

There’s normal Halloween and then there’s Tamasha House of Entertainment’s Halloween.

Tamasha’s Halloween probably trumps the regular halloween.

This year for Halloween, Tamasha hosted a haunted house which then ended with the most lit party ever. The fact that Mrs. Kuyinu showed her face at the party is probably proof that it was more lit than the night show with Travis.

The Haunted House started at 6:45 and consisted of a graveyard, a performance by Vogue, a female dance group and to be very honest a couple of other things that can’t be explained because of how spooky they were.

Shout out to Tamasha for organising an exciting Halloween. It must really suck to be you because you missed the sensational event that was Halloween at ALA.

Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

The Vogue before their performance at The House of Tamasha Haunted House yesterday.

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Music: Okada + Delirium- Ella Okoli

ALA Class of 2013 member, Ella Okoli has just released some new heat.

During her time at ALA, she was an ALApella member and last year she regularly excited crowds with her flawless voice. Her most notable performances came during Kimba and Scarlette, the closing plays of the 2013 and 2014 sessions.

Ella who currently schools at Bard, sings over a beat put together by her younger brother on Delirium.

Both songs display Ella’s quality, check them out.

Music: Ka$h Feat. Osadee & Anu- Trap Gidi Girl

In his time at ALA, Osadee Fadaka was a member of ALApella and Cloud 9. At the moment, he is trying to take his music to the next level. He features on the song of his friend and former group member, Ka$h.

At Day Waterman College in Nigeria before Osadee attended ALA, he and Ka$h were both members of a group called STATIC.

Listen to Trap Gidi Girl now.

Life is Too Short

Like I said in the previous post, you were once a toddler under your mother’s care, then you were a seven your old immersing yourself into this thing called “childhood” then you opened your arms to welcome teen hood to your life. You see, life is too short. Too short for you to sitting around and worrying a lot and not making things happen.

Live your life to the fullest. Life is the shortest yet the longest thing we will ever know. Every time you are about to complain about how sad, depressing, unsatisfying and dull your life is, think about the person who could be on the death bed and hoping to live just for another day. Think about the child that died at birth, the parent’s dreams were crushed when the casket hit the ground. Think about the guy on the street begging for something to eat while you complaining about “inedible” food (like Sodexo). Living your life doesn’t mean living it for yourself only, it realising that you ought to be grateful for every little atom that makes you who you are and hoping the best for others.

Life is too short to be holding grudges. Why are you doing this to yourself? Why are you torturing yourself like this? Learn to forgive. That is the best thing you can reward yourself with when someone has wronged you. It is not easy but you can do it. Being mad at someone takes so much energy! It takes so much energy. Learn to forgive and ask for forgiveness, especially if you care about the person. This precious living opportunity is so short that you might wake up and find yourself paralysed and dumb. You will be able to talk interact with the person in any way possible. You might get knocked down and die, the person might relocate or any other worse scenario. Just don’t waste your time trying to figure out ways to hate someone. Move on.

It is Time to Live!

A time comes when you need to start thinking about life. A friend of mine usually says that “life is never that deep,” but it really is deep. A while back you were a toddler relying on your mother for basically everything. The next moment you were a 7 year old that could read and write and all of a sudden this thing called Adolescence came knocking on your door and because it was so fascinating, you welcomed it with open arms (as if you had a choice.) You started producing hormones, then suddenly you’re told you could become a parent if you aren’t careful. And the next day, you are about to become a young adult…

Is life still not that deep?

It really is! Life is so deep that you don’t know what might happen to you in the next second. You might end up toothless (you have to stop eating meat), broke, crippled or even DEAD. God forbid, but you really need to start thinking about such. What do you want to be remembered for once you are no longer there to speak for yourself. I am not saying you should live a perfect life because that will be insanity but what are you truly striving for?
Do you want to be remembered as the person that existed but never lived? Do you want to be remembered as the person that pushed till the end? If you aspire to be known as the greatest person that ever existed, then that dream starts with little things. It starts with having a vision, though this might sound like a cliché but it is true.

You are young. Your adrenalin should be at its peak. You should start doing things that you are scared to do.
Be kind to people. Offer help where there is an opportunity for you to impact one’s life. Be open to learn something new. You are never too old to learn. Try to learn how to play a guitar, piano or anything instrument that fascinates you. Learn a different language through Youtube and interact with people of different cultures. Start thinking about what you want in life. Get a journal and write dit all down. The kind of house you want to live in ( be specific in terms of colour, location, number of bedrooms it should have, events you will host, and who you want to live with.)

Hope for something. Always look forward to the next day. Like I said, you never know what might happen. Be thankful. The ability to show gratitude is the nerve to continue doing good. Your actions have an impact on others, when you are grateful to others, they will continue to be grateful to you and others. Authentic gratitude makes you humble. Everybody loves humble people.

Learn to give. Offer your time, your attention and yourself to others. It is always good to give. It makes you valuable and increases your importance.

Stay true to yourself. This is not easy, especially if you live in an environment where you are compelled to succumb to the norms of the society. Never compromise your values because you want to be accepted.

Finally, you start living when you realize how blessed you are. Someone somewhere doesn’t have a bed to sleep on, a mother to call, a home to go to, a friend to lean on, an education to aspire to and no hope. Begin to realist that being alive is the greatest gift given to mankind. Even though life might be too short to do all the things I advised you to do, it is the longest thing we will ever know. So live.

Rejection Letters Hurt So Much

You spend months researching about colleges you like, you research everything that you need to know about them. You spend sleepless nights working on your college essay and you get feedback that only confuses you more. Yet, you redo your essay, You fill in tons of financial documents that are just too personal and you wonder why these people need to know EVERYTHING about you. You go for long meetings with your college counselor trying to get through the application process in one piece. You end up anti-social because you spend your ‘free time’ trying to get through SATs for the third time, hoping to see some improvement. You do improve, and you feel that you have done everything required of you……and then you get rejected.

An individual sat and went through your application and determined your fate. Made you feel like you are not good enough. Made you feel like that college decision is the only thing that matters after oxygen. Made you feel like getting into that school would be the best achievement. It hurts having all your sweat and blood made void wiyh one email that tells you that you cannot be accepted into that institution. It hurts even worse when that college decision was not just your dream but your parents dream, your neighbours’, friends’ and community’s dream. You were going to be the first among a lot to obtain university admission outside your home country. It hurts because yo feel that you have denied your parents of their bragging rights.

It hurts more than putting salt to an old wound. Just one email can change your life.
Dear Y
Thank you for your application to University of Somewhere. We regret to inform you will not be considered for admission. The application process was very competitive and we encourage you to apply again next year.

What Does Valentines Day Mean To You?

We had the pleasure of asking a few people on campus what they thought about Valentines day – here’s what they had to say.
And yes, we know its a day late, but we had Valentines plans of our own 😉

What do you guys think? Feel free to answer any of the questions asked in the comments section below! Or let us know how you spent your Valentines day!
Enjoy and Happy Belated Valentines day to you all!