Carnival finally came and went!
And like a little girl waiting for Christmas evening to come to open all her presents, I most certainly received all the treats I could have ever wanted!
With my three strips of green, white, green on each corner of the cheek, I was ready to go.
So what did I get up to?
- Kissed a policeman
- Hugged a policeman
- Danced with carnival queens
- Witnessed some rump shaking
- Hobnobbed with some Nollywood stars
- Robbed shoulders with some musical artists
- Danced with Nigerian men, Trinidadian men, Grenadian men. (Oh lah lah these island men are hot like suya!)
ON MY WAY
We decided to take the longer route and go via Kilburn Park to Kilburn Green as Notting Hill Gate station was not the one.
It is not worth it to spend 30 minutes trying to leave the popular station. Gotta save energy for some soca dancing.
By the way, have I mentioned, I love soca? Click here for my soca loving renditions.
Me and ‘bo-ssy’ lady, Nollywood newest face, Judy Akuta were in a jovial mood on arriving at the soca filled atmosphere. And how could we even be in any mood other than happy seeing as we were greeted by lots of beautiful women wearing colourful outfits; colourful enough to compete with ‘Joseph’!
And a rumpshaking lady welcomed us into London’s famous street party by showcasing what her ‘mama gave her’.
After watching some awesome floats go pass via Ladbroke Groove, we headed to the Nigerian corner which this year was called Lagos Corner at Adela Street, and NOT Adeola Street as DJ Abass pointed out!
MEET THE NOLLYWOOD STARS
My Nollywood connection, aka ‘Judy’ got us backstage access to the Lagos Corner of Notting Hill Carnival. We danced, we jollied and we met some ineteresting people too…
LET’S GET MUSICAL
Adesope from Nollywood Nolly Afrobeats kept the crowd going by being MC / hype-man. But I just have one bone to pick with you.
You know what you did…
You failed to play my song request Karolina, elle est jolie…!!!
“Talaka moina mobali (hééé)
Abaki mondongo (whéé)
Moina mobali ko (héé)
Abaki mondongo (héé)”
But all was forgiven and we even had a photo-op!
One of the artiste of the moments to grace the stage was no other than Mr Samankwe – Harrysong. And after his set, I just had to snag a pic of course!
DJ Tunes got the crowd to scream ‘Iskaba, Iskaba’
I need this shirt in my life.
That shirt I need in my life in detail.
This pair of shorts + the razor t-shirt and I’d be so festival ready.
Check out this bad boy of a akpụkpọ ụkwụ (shoe)!
She is #hotlikesuyawithextracameroonpepper
Rapunzel let down your hair…
One of the best things of going to such a grand street party is meeting some new faces. And making some friends.
Girl – are you sure there is enough teeth on show?
Me too I can also take picture… na only you wakka come? LOL. Clearly not as sharp as the ones you take with those bad boy lenses. Woowzer, check out the size of that!
Why so glum, pal with the huge lenses? Or are you camera shy?
Failing miserably to hold in the laughter.
All in all one of the best(est) carnivals.
Still on my bucketlist is to dance on a float at Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Watch out for me in 2018 Trinis!
And that’s all folks for now.
Stay tuned for video uploads.