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21st Birthday

On the 8th of September, I clocked twenty-one. Since I started my blog, I have never written a birthday post, but I’m doing now because my 21st is pretty special to me. First, I’m alive, healthy, happy, joyful, loved. Second I can finally call myself a woman without feeling too young and yes, I danced to Beyonce’s Grown Woman. I represented all my favourite colours; black, green and purple. And everything I felt was important to me, like my hair. All my friends wore black for my birthday dinner. My bestie made a video presentation of memories and pictures of me and our friends.

I have lots to be thankful for, everyone has their story. I have been through so many shits in life but in spite of everything, I choose to make a survivor of myself, not a victim. I laughed, I cried because I couldn’t contain the happiness of that day. My roommates surprised me with a cake (the small cutie cake), made drinks for me. My dear friend Naomi Aworetan, made lots of doughnuts for me. My dear friends Joseph and Ikenna went out of their way to make my day special. And Deji made sure I got my venue in such short notice. Roqib walked the market for hours to get my balloon and Ujiro got me the best birthday present. They made me feel special, really special. Someone died in front of my hostel that day and I was standing at that same spot one hour before with my friends. I am not more precious than Oluchi Anekwe but I have every reason to be thankful. I’m grateful to God for sparing me.

I’m glad I’m celebrating a strong woman, who follows her dreams, who is principled, fun, unique, creative. And to my parents who go out of their way every day for me, I love you so so much. I had blast. It was a dream come true. I’m going to slay my twenties, improve myself, love myself harder so that the love I feel radiates and light up the world.

Here is the video of memories captured.

Now the pictures………….
(Pictures with the scenic background where I wore a black gown and packed my hair up are part of the pre-birthday photoshoot, not the actual birthday party)


The Girls
The Guys
My Legs
Divine and Naomi’s Henna Tattoo
My Henna Tattoo
My henna tattoo close up


I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

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