Guess which celeb Retweeted my tweet

guess whoTwitter came through on connecting me with a celeb last week to my surprise. I attended a Jazz series event on Friday and among the artists that performed there were two whom I was keen to hear and meet. One of them was Mos Def (whom I believe is known off stage as Yasiin Bey). He’s a prominent American rapper lyrically gifted and insanely deep. He flew in to get a feel of the Nigerian scene (and probably something at the shrine). His performance was electric and he looked like he was really having a good time. This special appearance was possible thanks to the second celeb who was performing alongside him – Seun Anikulapo Kuti, son of the legendary Fela Kuti. Seun is a renowned saxophonist who took right after his dad and has perfected his art and added his own style. I had no idea when it was suddenly almost 1am and I was still watching the two of them entertain the crowd. Here are some pics of the show (Click one to view large slideshow):

The following Saturday I posted a tweet about the show and that’s when I later noticed this conversation and a retweet from the Jazz man himself ūüėÄ :

Seun Anikulapo Kut tweet

I can’t deny I had a big smile on my face. He didn’t shake my hand or give me a free concert ticket or invite me to collab with him on the studio. He just retweeted my tweet and copied me in a response – November was a good month indeed. I wonder if Obama would respond if I tweeted a pressing question to him. There’s only one way to find out ūüėČ


5 things Google couldn’t find

In the world of search engines Google is rumoured to be king. ‘Googling’ has become an accepted terminology for describing¬†the process of¬†performing an online search (Though I’m still baffled when I hear some people pronounce the search engine as ‘Goggle’). I have used Google¬†judiciously and I must say that I wish I made use of it whilst doing my research at university (I was¬†a ‘Netscape-come-Lycos’ loyalist then). I usually don’t have to go beyond the first page whenever I carry out¬†a Google search. That said, I would like to challenge Google with the following searches:

1. Where to buy a winning Lotto Ticket¬†– This may come across as being a little greedy but I still think it’s a valid search. Google should be able to narrow down its search results: from the continent in the world with the highest volume of lotto winners right down to the exact location of the shop where the most winning tickets were bought. I’m just saying it wouldn’t hurt to have some facts and figures before coughing out¬†¬£1 to buy a lotto ticket in probably the unluckiest part of the UK, for instance. Google! Make me rich!

2.¬†¬†Email addresses of Celebrities¬†– Haven’t¬†you ever wanted to send an email to your favourite¬†celebrities? I could ask¬†Oprah Winfrey¬†if she would¬†ever make a comeback, or¬†ask¬†Eminem¬†if he could reserve a backstage pass for¬†me or¬†ask Kim Kardashian¬†if she often gets mistaken for Nicole Scherzinger¬†of the Pussycat¬†Dolls. I know, I know, we have to respect people’s privacy¬†blah, blah, blah.¬†But how much energy would it take for¬†Rhianna to click on my email and mark it as spam if she didn’t like it? She might just¬†reply¬†if she’s curious enough to¬†know if I’m as crazy as she is! Google! Gmail can go one step further so get me connected!

3.¬†Osama Bin Laden¬†– Does anyone remember how for over a decade nobody could find America’s one time most wanted terrorist and extremist who was behind the 9/11 attacks of 2001, despite the presence of the best US Intelligence, every money-hungry bounty hunter in the world, and all the sophisticated satellites in outer space?¬†I remember when President Obama finally eliminated Osama, which made George bush cry (and that reminds me of when Obama was elected as America’s first black president, which made Jesse Jackson cry). Google! Fine-tune your Google Map application pronto!

4. My Enemies РWhen you want to find friends via the internet Google suggests Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Hi5, Friendster, etc. When you want to know who your enemies however you currently have to rely on: gossip, unreturned phone calls, bad business deals, bounced cheques, Facebook deletions, etc (but I prefer to rely on good old prayer). Google! Start working on an application, Google Enemy-Finder!  

5.¬†My perfect match – I’m sick and tired of hearing about Matchmaking sites (not that I use them…although I’m sure¬†mentioning them could suggest otherwise to readers). I’m not condemning these sites¬†but I think it could take some time after registering, paying a few bucks and¬†having to go through a gruelling process of trial and error only¬†to find out your love interest is a distant cousin.¬†Why can’t Google zero-in on¬†the person who has recently searched for you and has all the qualities¬†you¬†desire? In fact, Google could go one step ahead of Facebook¬†and¬†develop an app:¬†Googlove¬†– where member A¬†sends a confidential request¬†listing all¬†the full names of people¬†they want to date, namely member B, C, and D,¬†and the¬†app only returns a match when¬†member B also lists member A. Make sense?¬†I guess¬†real-life dating will have to do for¬†now. Google! Thanks but I’ll have to find¬†true love¬†using the best search engine – God ūüôā

Damn you spam!

I cherish my Sundays – Church at 7am; breakfast around 10am (full English, of course); Siesta from 12pm till my stomach¬†begins to grumble for lunch; and all the cable TV my¬†four-eyes can handle thereafter. You can therefore imagine my bewilderment when at about 6pm I got a tweet on my blackberry from a friend claiming he saw a hilarious picture of me that made him ‘ROTF’ (to which I blurted out, ‘WTF!’).

The first thing I panicked about was whether there was some scandalous picture of me floating about on the web.¬†Was I possibly¬†completely naked or even worse, half-naked? (like being caught with your pants down doing a¬†‘number 2’). Could some scorned ex-girlfriend be wreaking her revenge¬†online? Had someone hacked into my Facebook¬†account (again!) and gone flickr-happy¬†with my photos? The suspense was killing me;¬†that’s why I stupidly clicked on the link/url at the end¬†of my friend’s tweet. Big mistake!

Beknown to me, I had just clicked my way into a big world of sh*t. What appeared as a twitter login page was actually a spamming site that was designed to fool¬†donkeys like me. 30 minutes later some of my¬†twitter contacts¬†were sending me messages saying they can’t see the picture. Next¬†thing I saw were tweets from myself bragging about how I made $300 online using ‘this amazing software’; and a few minutes later I was tweeting about how I lost 10kg¬†in 2 weeks¬†– that’s when it finally dawned on me that my twitter profile had been hacked…hee-haw!

Against my own will I decided to change my profile name and password before all my followers blocked my tweets. I can’t say that it has worked but only time will tell…

Crazy_Nigerian:¬†This is the cool site I’ve¬†been searching for that allows you to view the exact geographical location of all your¬†Facebook, twitter, blackberry and i-phone¬†pals on the map absolutely free! Just click here¬†¬†¬†

A word is enough for the wise!