2016 In Review

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Hello everyone. I want to first of all wish you a happy and prosperous new year. This year is going to be superb in all areas of our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I took this off Good Naija GirlI liked her post about her 2016 review.  You too can get a template for a thorough review of the year. I plan to keep using this for many more years to come. So, here are my answers, honest answers.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?

Travel to Portharcourt. Cry for 2 hours straight.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No,  I didn’t have new year’s resolutions. I desperately didn’t want to be bound by any written ‘rules’.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes. My colleague and project mate at the time, Yemi.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. My maternal grandmother. I was sadly not as close to her as I should.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A stable emotional life.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October, 2016. I signed out of my masters degree program in flying colours.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Becoming a masters degree holder

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being able to follow through with a brand I launched – Blog Our Wedding (BOW). I have not given up on it tho’. I switched to offering new services for money- building and designing blogs. As soon as I can get back to BOW, I will. And stronger too.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing serious. I had malaria many times in 2016 tho’. It was very uncomfortable.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Techno Camon C8

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My boyfriend. He was with me through thick and thin. Especially during my masters program.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

A classmate of mine.

14. Where did most of your money go?

My masters degree program.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Finally getting a headway for my blog.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Rise Up by Andra Day

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

Firstly sadder, now happier

b) thinner or fatter?


c) richer or poorer?


18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Pray more

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worry and fret.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

In my house o. It was the driest ever! I spent time thinking about Jesus and I tho’.

21. Did you fall in love in 2016?

I stayed in love. It was difficult all through but things are way better now.

22.  What was your favourite TV program?

I don’t watch TV

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Yes and no. I can’t say who he is here. I am trying to be better at allowing the Holy Spirit to comfort me, rather than be bitter.

24. What was the best book you read?

‘Why Men Marry Bitches’ by Sherry Argov

25. Who was your greatest musical discovery?

Yemi Alade. I like everything about her music. Everything. Her cover version of ‘Mungu Pekee’ at Coke Studio was epic.

26. What did you want and get?

A new phone.

27. What did you want and not get?

Many blog subscribers.

28. What was your favourite film of 2016?

Husbands of Lagos (seasonal)

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I took myself out. I was 24 years old.

30. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The progress on my blog.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

Still drier than I would want. I am uping my game in 2017. I want and am getting more gowns. Gowns really flatter my body shape.

32. What kept you sane?


33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Michelle Obama

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

I hate Nigeria’s politics so much that I am irrepentantly indifferent.

35. What did you miss?

My rented self contain in Ilorin. I had so much of freedom.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

My Blog Sponsor

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

Stop worrying. Stop worrying. Stop worrying. Stop it.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

‘I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
A thousand times again “

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(18) Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anonymoussaid…I love your review, it's real. I think I'm gonna get the song, rise up by Andra Jay. I got something i have been praying for this year, I asked God to provide a tablet for me and He did. I also accomplished a lot this year, read more and helped lots of people. I'm happy for the growth of your blog and i praythat you would get more subscribers. Shine on!! cheers to a greater 2017.

    1. Wow. I am very happy to hear about your growth. Cheers to a blissful year.

  2. lovely review, its a nice way to asses the past year and be ready for the new one.

    thank God you've stopped worrying, a lot of us are praying and waiting for your Success. Breakthrough and Break forth in 2017.

    you deserve it

    1. Thank you very much, Samuel. Cheers to a beautiful year.

  3. AwesomeHumphrey says:

    Quite an interesting 2016 you've got there. I thank the Good Lord for you. Ema worry, this year is going to be more awesome. It's already showing in your physical kpokishness. Any how, keep doing the good work o.

    1. Amen!

      Thank you so much Humphrey.

  4. What a year! Most people made tremendous progress in 2016 (at least most people I know) and am glad you are not an exception. The year conveniently won my award as the most challenging year so far. The new challenges built me. I Made some major investments on myself and some people and that gave me sense of fulfillment.

    I look forward to seeing your brand gaining more momentum this year. Cheers.

    1. Wow… That's impressive. Challenges that don't kill us make us stronger.

      Thank you for the positive thoughts towards my blog. It means many things to me.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I like that u are blunt. What a yr! May 2017 be great. U have a beautiful blog here.

    1. Thank you. May 2017 be superb for us all.

  6. I enjoyed reading your recap of 2016, Esther: you had a great year.

    Blog Our Wedding sounds like a great idea—don't give up on bringing the vision to pass!

    1. Awwwwwwwwn. Thank you ma'am.

      I am currently working on reviving Blog Our Wedding asap. Started making plans today.

  7. Very inspiring, explosive & educative.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Samuel. Do have a great year.

  8. Babe, this blog has indeed progressed. I remember a time where we have no comment in this comment session. It's more colorful now too. I'm priding in you for all this achievements. I congratulate that guy (my boyfriend) more you know. Please allow the Holy Spirit work more in you so that that dude you hate will have a new life. I was hoping you'd say something about war room. More grace for 2017.

    1. Thank you so much Dammy. I am happy myself about the progress in here. I guess I was supposed to be a little bit more patient to start reaping the rewards of blogging. It's been really interesting so far. Thank you for always being there for me and my blog.

      Cheers to 2017.

  9. Esther, your blog and Facebook posts did me a lot of good in 2016. Cheers to a wonderful 2017.
    P.S. Inspired by a review you did, I bought the book 'Captivating' last week. Abeg do more book reviews this year.

    1. Awwwwwwwwn, thank you so much. I am happy my blog and Facebook posts affected you positively. I will definitely see how I can incorporate more book reviews.

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