Sunday, 5 January 2020

Learn. Observe. Improve.

In 2020, I'm learning that turning up is one big part of the victory.

By that I mean, turning up: at the gym, at the French class, in front of the piece of paper on the table. That is a big part of the mental victory. Do not underestimate that. James Clear puts it well.

I am going to use this year to continue better habits, which will lead to a better life, watch this space.

Sunday, 29 December 2019


2020 is such a beautiful-sounding year

Here's to better:

  • money habits
  • friendship habits
  • career/work habits
  • sleep habits
  • spiritual habits

Thursday, 19 December 2019


Words that I thought were boring in the past are now becoming my friend:

Consistency: steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc

Habits: customary practice or use

Implementation which I have now rephrased as "Now doing and continuously learning" - to fulfill; perform; carry out:

Life is made by those day-to-day habits and attitudes. I cannot emphasise that enough.

I have also loved books and videos on how you've been programmed to think the way you think by the way you were brought up in your first seven years, and not just with your parents or guardians, but also teachers, your parent's friends and adults around you at church, clubs and groups, in day-to-day interactions, I like Bruce Lipton in his videos (watch the above video) who explains it so well.

Loving Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. It's all about action!

What is your habitual perspective on the world?

All these sources are so fascinating - what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Hello... it's me

It's been another year.

I read the great book Atomic Habits by James Clear and it made me assess my habits:

I wrote a couple of pieces for Black Ballad in 2019:

I was a regular(ish) at the gym, alongside a great personal trainer John.

Started attending weekly French classes at Institut français.

I'm learning that habits are key.

Here's to an amazing 2020 x

Monday, 31 December 2018

New Year New Me?

In my birthday post I wrote the following:


I would like to:

  • Learn French to a conversational standard - I was good at it until A-levels (haha)
  • Create an arts hub in south east London area
  • Have at least two paid voiceover work gigs in my portfolio
  • Start a marketing consultancy/Have freelance marketing contracts
  • Be 61kg or less
  • Have an arts exhibition of my own


And I want to continue the momentum for the year ahead  - 2019.

How am I getting on?

French - I started off well, writing and practising from YouTube videos but I know I need to get into a proper routine. Maybe 10-20 minutes a day?

Arts hub? Noone near begun!

Voiceover work gigs - only two free ones so far, and that was at work, impromptu. It will help with my goal though - here they are:

Marketing consultancy: again, nowhere near yet. However, I have helped with looking over people's work on an ad-hoc basis and I wrote for Black Ballad for the first time (and I hope not the last:

Being 61kg or less: nah, not yet lol

Working on the arts exhibition. That is a walk of faith, I feel like something is holding me back so in 2019 let me get to the root of that, uproot it and flourish!

Wishing you a wonderful 2019!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

By this time next year...

I've not watched a full episode of Davina McCall's 'This Time Next Year' but I like the premise.

A member of the public comes into the studio and professes to Davina and the audience what they would like to have achieved in a year's time. I think examples have been learn to walk again, lose a certain amount of weight, things like that.

It was my birthday earlier this month.

Birthdays are always a time of contemplation aren't they? And so I want to do my own This Time Next Year scenario and see what it leads to...

a gift box with a blue ribbon

I would like to:

  • Learn French to a conversational standard - I was good at it until A-levels (haha)
  • Create an arts hub in south east London area
  • Have at least two paid voiceover work gigs in my portfolio
  • Start a marketing consultancy/Have freelance marketing contracts
  • Be 61kg or less
  • Have an arts exhibition of my own

That's a lot for now!

What are your goals for this time next year?

Monday, 14 August 2017

Nigeria is where it's a(r)t... November event (Art x Lagos)

Tokini Peterside is generating a lot of buzz in the art world - and with good reason. She is emerging as a dynamic force in bringing about recognition of West African art to the wider audience - and going about it in a very savvy way.

Tokini Peterside

She is the Creator of Art x Lagos West Africa’s first international contemporary art fair - which should surely be a Lagosian art lover’s dream. It brings together artworks from different artists in Nigeria, West Africa and the rest of the world with the objective to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and the diaspora and was created in 2016, which went well.

She’s come to London, UK so she can spread the word about Art x Lagos, so we meet at Kaffeine, Great Titchfield Street, and here I see a professional, polished, and accomplished young woman - and why wouldn’t I? She is 31 and as a Strategic Consultant already helped launch Maki Oh - a fashion label worn by the likes of Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles and ALARA - the luxury concept store in Lagos designed by David Adjaye. She also ran the marketing campaign for Half of a Yellow Sun - the film based on Chimamanda Ndidi Adichie’s award-winning novel of the same name, which starred Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Sans TĂȘte by Amadou Sanogo, courtesy Galerie Medina - from the 2016 exhibition

Art x Lagos will be taking place at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos in November 2017 and Tokini told me how it came about: “It came about because I recognised there was a very big gap in Nigeria between the tremendous activity we saw in the arts sector, for solo exhibitions but then locally amongst affluent potential buyers there wasn’t much activity, so we thought it would be good for Nigeria to create a strong nucleus and core for the artists from Nigeria, in the West African region, and around the continent, so we created Art x Lagos to connect the local and international arts scene on the global cultural map.”

I asked Tokini who would be attending, she added: “We have a really broad audience - Art x Lagos is open for three days. The first day is invite only, amongst VIPs etc. On the second and third day we get people from all walks of life attending, free to attend to ensure as many people as possible and from Nigeria and beyond. We have some artists confirmed: Modupeola Fadugba, Alimi Adewale, Portia Zvavahera.” 

The artists Modupeola, Alimi and Portia will all be presented by their galleries SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Art House The Space (Nigeria) and Stevenson Gallery (South Africa) at the next ART X Lagos art fair.

Back to Tokini, she was born in Otedo, Niger Delta, Nigeria, the family took on the name Peterside from the location of the island in which her grandfather’s great-grandfather was king. Tokini also holds an MBA from INSEAD and a First Class Law degree from LSE, so she has commercial chops. I asked her what the secret of her successful career so far and she said: “I guess the secret is passion. I get a lot of enjoyment from working on projects and people who are working in African contemporary culture and how we present that to a local African and global audience. Another secret is that I have a lot of support from mentors, family and friends I’ve made from the business sector who are never shy to share their ideas. My father Atedo Peterside launched an investment bank in the 80s at age 33 and that has been a huge inspiration for me launching Art X Lagos at a similar age.”

“One of the things I love about living in Nigeria is the amount of people willing to give ten minutes of their time in sharing their business secrets…” She lives by this rule of sharing knowledge and Art x Lagos has an executive team and advisory board.

As part of Art x Lagos Tokini is running Art x Live, an exciting concept live art and music performance, where, as you can imagine, pop and hip-hop musicians and artists perform alongside each other, creating an audio and visual experience. Last year they had music artists including Falana and Poe.

They will also host curated projects, six artists making work across mediums including photography, sculpture and installation, as well as a talks programme.

Next year they hope to expand Art X Lagos with a series of pre-fair events such as more music events, artist events and events targeted at collectors. But she’s keeping her lips sealed for now.

To budding artists who would like to get involved in ART X Lagos in future years, Tokini says: "I would advise that they attend the art fair and experience its many components, to see where they would be best suited."

Funding for Art X Lagos comes from Access Bank, 7Up and Anap Jets as well as Absolut Vodka will be sponsoring the Art x Live event. She adds: “As you know, Nigeria doesn’t have an Arts Council body that we can reach out to, nor investment funds, so it’s been a case of commercial funding.”

And with that Tokini’s publicist draws the interview to a close as she has a number of other meetings to attend. What a whirlwind Tokini is living in right now, and hopefully taking the art world by storm come November.

 Art X Lagos takes place in Lagos from 3rd to 5th November 2017. For more information visit