Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nomination: The Sunflower Blogger Award

I woke up Thursday morning and like I usually do, I checked all my messages, emails and social media TL's. I came across Detuke's post, on her new blog, where she speaks about being nominated for The Sunflower Blogger Award. At the end of her post I see that TheUnspokenWords93 was nominated as well! Isn't that amazing? I am incredibly humbled.  

So thank you Detuke for the nomination, it means a lot that you thought about my blog. 

The Rules for the Competition are as follows: 

1. Share 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the questions set by the blogger that nominated you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers
4. Set 7 questions for nominated bloggers

So here we go! #11ThingsAboutGeorgie

1. Hi, my name is Georgette Monnou and I was born in Lagos. No, my surname is not pronounced or written as Monu because my dad is from Benin Republic. My mother Linda, is both French and Nigerian! "#Intanasional huh?" *laughs* 

2. I have lived in many countries: Benin Republic, Senegal, Nigeria, Togo and London! I love the fact that I have friends from all over the world. The fact that I have been raised everywhere is why my best friend says, "Georgette can speak to virtually anybody! If Georgette was to speak to a dead body, the dead body will respond!" I would like to think of myself as approachable and friendly, (I hope). 

3. People wonder why my handle on Instagram and Twitter is: gum_101. My initials are GUM, because my middle name is Uche! 101 was a childhood thing that just stuck! *embarrassed face* 

4. I realised recently that I have been a relationship commitment phobe for many years. I thank God for self discovery and change! 
5. I love music, I mean all kinds: Jazz, Latin, RnB, Afrobeats and soft Rock. I ran away from Techno for many years but Avicii and David Guetta have converted me - slowly. My favourite song at the moment is an Oldie - What Now by Rihanna, and Korede Bello's - Cold Outside, it's a Tune! 


6. I love pictures, they really do capture a moment, a memory.  I also enjoy taking #CelfiĆ©s

7.  I have been dancing salsa and the electric slide ever since I could remember. My mum would listen to Santana (I love him) and would salsa across the living room. I would watch her and sometimes join her. Once I got the hang of it, I would choreograph routines that my sister, her friends, and I would perform at our family Christmas do's or when my mothers friends would come over to jist. The electric slide on the other hand was tradition! Mum said to me, "you cannot not know how to Electric Slide Gigi, it's ludicrous!" So I learnt the electric slide and enjoyed dancing it at every family party we had, including my 21st Birthday Party in July. 

8. I can speak French fluently. It's amazing being able to speak another language and connect with a wide range of people. I am currently learning Spanish, something about Spanish is so alluring. 

9.  I taught myself how to play the guitar. I have been playing for almost two years. One of these days I might post a video up.

10. I hosted my own radio show #RealTalkwithGeorgie for a while. However, during my final year of University, it became too hard to keep posting. It will be back up and running soon as I explained here - promise.  

11. I love acting, it is my true passion, it honestly makes me the happiest. Being able to bring written prose to life is so satisfying. I have been acting in school plays ever since I was five - there are pictures as proof! If I could be an actress working in Tinsel or the equivalent of Jacobs Cross or by some act of God work in a Hollywood production, I would be complete. Baba God I leave it to you oh! The closest bet at the moment is being involved in Broadcast journalism in Nigeria - TV, Radio etc. (Thats the dream) 

12. I love writing, it became a habit throughout University, me being inspired by something and then conjuring up a poem or a written piece. I also write scripts, in fact so many of my stories have been described as descriptive scripts. I don't know how to explain it, when I write I can visualise the characters on the screen or on the stage, so in a way my love for movies (I am a huge movie buff) and acting flows into my writing. Maybe I'll be a famous scriptwriter one day.*

Questions Detuke asked me!  

1. If you could represent any brand, which one would you choose and why?

I would say either Clinique or Maybelline. I started using Clinique when I was 17. Their products have kept my face smooth, moisturised, toned and reasonably pimple free. When people compliment my skin, nah Clinque oh! I even managed to convince some of my girlfriends to start using it. Maybelline because there is nothing else like it. I use a lot of their makeup products: foundation, eyeliner and lipstick and I love it! 


2. What's one interesting thing you've learnt about me from reading my blog?
I had no idea you were afraid of Chickens, thats hilarious! Also, I love how you have the hookup to so many cool events in Lagos and that you choose wear Ankara in such creative ways. 

3. Do you have a phobia?
I do not have a phobia per say, but I stay away from horror movies, I hate bugs especially roaches, and I really get turned off by obnoxious people. 

4. If you were offered an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the World, where would you go and why?
Bora Bora or Thailand. I love being by the beach and listening to the waves crash on the sand. Ever since watching The Bachelor  where the contestants went to Bora Bora as their final destination before the big proposal, I knew I had to go there, it was so beautiful. Thailand because I have never been to the far East and people that have gone have had such an amazing time, with incredible self-discovery stories and mind-blowing pictures. 


Bora Bora

Bora Bora

5. What is your greatest achievement/What is that something you've achieved that you are most proud of?
At the age of 17 at Woldingham School I became the first African and new student in the 6th Form to ever become House Captain. As a prefect I had the general responsibilities: organising school assemblies, attending meetings with the administration staff to speak about currents events etc. However, being House Captain meant that you were uniquely in charge of some 200+ students, being their support unit amongst other things. I loved it, and I was so honoured the school entrusted me with such a role. 
In terms of personal development, I am so happy I decided to learn to play the guitar. It was incredibly hard at first but I feel so blessed. Playing the guitar has given me peace and the ability to find another way to express myself.  Also, I am Googlable! The day I found out, I almost passed out! 

6. What is your dream job/career? 
Working in Broadcast Journalism. Connecting with people via music on the Radio, or on TV, by interviewing key figures. Or like I said earlier, acting on TV! 

7. What is your favourite post on my blog and why?
The Ankara Inspired post. I loved the pictures that Linguini took of you! It showed different facets of your dramatic personality. 

Questions I set! 

1. What is the best post you have read on my blog and why? (If you have featured as a Guest Writer on my blog, you cannot choose your own post)
2. Why did you start your blog?
3. If you were asked to replay a certain moment in your life which would it be?
4. What do your parents call you at home?
5. Who is your celebrity crush and why?
6. What is your dream holiday destination?
7. If you were asked to represent one brand, which would it be and why? 


  1. Your 11 facts were so interesting, I had to get my phone out and start writing my replies/comments to them.
    You, my friend are very very intanasional!
    Yes, you can definitely speak to anybody, I love how you blended in with my Notts crew whenever you came to Nottingham
    I never knew your middle name was Uche and its weird that I never asked, why gum 101?
    Pictures are definitely the bomb diggedy plus your selfie game is on point. Oh, and I love how you included pictures to illustrate certain points you had written.
    Awww, nice, didn't know you were learning Spanish, Multilingual ayy?!
    Ayy, famous sriptwriter, Broadcast journalist and TV Personality, oshey
    Awww, I remember when you were obsessed with The Bachelor and we used to watch it on the floor of your room in Berwick
    I really enjoyed reading this Georgette. Thanks for accepting the nomination and putting it up so quickly.
    I must add that I'm glad you've started blogging more regularly now, please don't stop o, keep it up!

    1. Haha, you did, thank you! Aw yes, I remember The Bachelor days, I definitely used to take their relationships too seriously. LMAO. I am so glad you enjoyed reading the post. Thank so much for all your support my love. I really appreciate it! I will try to keep posting as often as I can.

  2. Totally interesting!!! Will be going thru your older posts cos this one just confirms I will bea regular on here!!! Kudos on making the captain. That's seriously cool. I bet you have a space in some kind of fame hall!!! Teaching yourself to play a musical instrument has to be insanely amazing . I grew up loving rock and used to dream of playing the guitar but alas that never happened for me. I'm teaching myself to sew but I'm so impatient I think I need professional lessons!!
    Well done on your award.

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for reading, and I am so pleased you enjoyed the post. You will be surprised how easy it is to learn the guitar, Youtube literally taught me! Sewing is equally as cool, let me know how the learning goes!