How did DD and I meet sef? Some little mix up on Facebook in 2008; apparently he served (NYSC) in the same state with my sister, don’t really remember the details. He visited Nigeria (posh kid), and we hung out (do you remember ice cream and moi moi in Chicken Republic Andy)?

When I moved to Birmingham in 2010, Andy showed up and amongst other things, gave me his waterproof jacket (still wear it today), and he introduced me to the lady who took me to The Redeemed Christian Church of God (Covenant Restoration Assembly, Perry Barr), which became my church, my family, and I’m so grateful for that!

Andy is a great guy, we’ve been buddies ever since. He is quiet (sometimes), fun to hang out with, and places such an enviable emphasis on family it is heart warming. He’s a hard worker too, and I’m proud he’s my friend!

4 days to the end of the year, here’s Andy with his #31days31writers submission! 

Random: The bad part about being friends out of maturity or a good heart with people who have hurt you is the fact that you can never tell some stories without imaginary fingers being pointed at those people or without you appearing to be an unforgiving son of a ‘biscuit’. I have so much to say about the year in review and the first things that crossed my mind were the bad things and tough times, then I remembered I was meant to be writing about the highlights of the year – the hypocritical world called my mind.

I didn’t learn how to play a guitar in 2013, I didn’t learn how to speak Spanish and I can’t even remember my New Year resolutions for the year. I don’t even remember having any because as usual I forget them by the end of April. I think my yearly resolution should be to make a lot of money.  2013 wasn’t the best of years for me, neither was it the worst. One thing I know for sure is that 2013 was a year of lessons. I lost love for one, found it, lost it, before learning what it really was.

Best decision I took in 2013… I took a couple of steps which I had been planning but took me 5years to get off my ass and work on. I moved from the United Kingdom to Nigeria; truth is that felt and still feels so good. A lot changed for me, huge promises and castles that never saw the light of day, people I thought I knew flipped on me like pancakes, friendships were lost and some were rekindled.  Importantly I was able to lose 8-10kg at some point thanks malaria and stress, I finally felt proper fit until my mother visited me with multivitamins and “akamu” and ordered me to start eating.

I’m grateful my for family and friends; the new ones, the old ones, the fake ones and those who have stuck by me through thick and thin. I finally do not feel like a stranger in a foreign land, I found peace and realized certain things can only be experienced and not told. Principally I am happy for the gift of life, an overactive mind, ideas and people who believe in me. It is amazing how much we claim we do not care about what people say or think but one mean sentence stays in our minds for eons, and one line of encouragement can give you a boost to make you feel you can conquer the world.  Bla Bla Bla, just be nice to the next person and be thankful for still being alive, ok?

My name is Andy Madaki, I am an I.T security consultant and a Business Development Manager with Brinq Africa (A CBN approved Payment Terminal Service Provider). I ramble randomly on my blog once every month. That’s the one place where I am most truthful about things you think and experience but won’t talk about. I am Nigerian.

DD!!! Oya o, now accepting applications for a wife for Mr Eligible Bachelor here! How many yards is your wife material?

DD!!! Oya o, now accepting applications for a wife for Mr Eligible Bachelor here! How many yards is your wife material?

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  1. Lmao at “Importantly I was able to lose 8-10kg at some point thanks to malaria and stress, I finally felt proper fit until my
    mother visited me with multivitamins and “akamu” and ordered me to start eating.”

    Ah, Chioma you have the funniest friends!
    But words rang true here too-“just be nice to the next person and be thankful for still being alive”… Life would be a lot simpler and walked at our own pace if we do this. We’ll live in a state of gratitude to God and not mournful complains all the time.

    2014 beckons and yes,I am thankful for still bei…

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    • I know you didn’t finish writing this comment Madame, but I’ll respond to the bits out here.
      There’s nothing like a bit of humor to help anyone get through the day, and boy am I grateful for the ones I’ve got!

      Andy is one of those friends I can joke with, but still have a serious, intellectual or business conversation with. And that for me counts for a lot!

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  2. …”Principally, i’m happy for an overactive mind”… I couldn’t agree more 😀
    I like DD’s submission, its different, plus a lotta points ring home…. And yes, dude is fooooiiiinnnnnneeee! *fans self*

    I’m here laughing hard at the wife material bit. Lol FGS!!! I thought accepting applications for mate selection was for the female. But er, let him answer sha *tongue-in-cheek*

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  3. I finished writing the comment,but what I wrote disappeared by the time I posted it,don’t know why,it happened again today when I tried to comment too.
    And Lizzie,in fact,don’t fan urself alone,take ice block,oya shook ur head inside.*rolling eyes* shebi you did not see the words of wisdom contained therein,u chose to see foooiinnee guy…Hehe,I kid,the guy is foine jare,e reach to scrutinize applications on his behalf.
    *ok,now runs away*

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  4. […] “I don’t even remember my resolutions for 2013″ – Andy Madaki on #31days31writers […]

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  5. kayda1 says:

    Lovely write up! Didn’t know Andy was this funny!

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