Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Jeiel Damina, Lyta, Picazo - What Best Friends Do Lyrics


Jeiel:
Ain’t it easy doing life with you
Slaying dragons next to you
Hop on the plane just to find you
‘Cause that’s what best friends do

You got my back any time any day
Hold me down if you don’t go my way
I wanna know how I hit the jackpot
Guess it’s just my luck

Chorus:
But that’s what best friends do
Dem make you mental
Dem know say you dey special
That’s what best friends do 
Never hold you back
Ready whenever haters attack
But that’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
Hashtag blessed to have you

Lyta:
Closer than a brother, you’re a bright light 
You call me in the middle of the night yo
Get on my number, that’s alright
‘Cause You know me better than I

You got my back any time any day
Hold me down if you don’t go my way
Really wanna know how I hit the jackpot
Can be just my luck

Chorus:
But that’s what best friends do
Dem make you mental
Dem know say you dey special
That’s what best friends do 
Never hold you back
Ready whenever haters attack
But that’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
Hashtag blessed to have you

Picazo:
Hey that’s what best friends do 
Hey that’s my best friend boo
Real homie, you’re a real one
That’s a fact
Real fakers out there, but you’re straight
No carp
Let me tell it like it is
No other friend there is
Who’ll catch a bullet for me
You know what a felon is
Never stand back when I make a bad move
I can count on you for back up if I need 
You’ll come through
We’re like Tigger & Pooh 
Butch Cassidy & Sundance 
Woody & Buzz
Like Shaggy & Scooby-Doo
Back to back
You remind me to be always me
100% without apology
And that’s 
The only thing anybody ever really wants
To be themself unapologetically because
Life is short. Be happy while it’s here
And it’s hard to pull it off without your best friends near

Chorus:

But that’s what best friends do
Dem make you mental
Dem know say you dey special
That’s what best friends do 
Never hold you back
Ready whenever haters attack
But that’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
Hashtag blessed to have you

Chorus:

But that’s what best friends do
Dem make you mental
Dem know say you dey special
That’s what best friends do 
Never hold you back
Ready whenever haters attack
But that’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
That’s what best friends do
Hashtag blessed to have you

If you are a fan of the very popular YouTube series Best Friends in the World, then you must have heard and fallen in love with this song amongst many others on the soundtrack. The complete soundtrack is available on Audiomack, Spotify, Apple Music, ITunes, Amazon music, etc. Love this song? Please comment below.

See lyric video.


Radiant ~ May 2020
chidiogoradiant@gmail.com

Thursday, 21 May 2020

COVID-19: A survivor’s story


The Covid-19 pandemic took the whole world by surprise. Frontline staff across various industries have been valiant at their jobs, fighting the virus, protecting the people, providing essential services and keeping the economy moving. 

Among them, the NHS workers are the most vulnerable to the virus due to their direct exposure to infected patients. Many have been adversely affected by the physical and emotional stress of being in this unprecedented situation - clearly doing their best medically, yet having little control over the lives of their patients. Worse still, when they become patients.

Here is the first hand experience of one of the front line workers, a medical doctor who contracted the virus and survived. 

Can we please meet you?
My name is Chike. I am a doctor working with the care of the elderly patients who are known to display non-typical Covid-19 symptoms, making it difficult at the early stages to diagnose. We treated them in the ward as if they were not COVID patients, with very minimal or no PPE due to the policies in place at that time, and so we were very much exposed. I ended up being among 14 staff that were infected in my ward.

What symptoms did you have?
I had mild symptoms of headaches, generalised body aches, fever, and fatigue for a week and eventually, rigors in the evening of my last day of work. I progressively got ill as the days progressed. I was self-isolating in a rented apartment close to the hospital where I worked. On Day 3 of isolation, I discovered that I had lost my sense of smell and appetite was 80% lost. I was barely managing being alone in the flat.

What range of emotions did you have during that period?
I was a bit anxious and lonely while self-isolating from my wife and kids; that was too hard for me. I didn’t have the luxury of meal choices as my wife was not around. Friends were doing their bit to help amidst their tight schedules. Also, fear of the unknown worried me a lot. I didn’t fear death but was more worried about my family without me, both nuclear and extended, as I am the main provider / breadwinner in my family. More worrying was the thought of my son and daughter growing up without me, what they would pass through in life or my darling wife being a widow and single mother. That would be tough and unimaginable. God forbid! Again my poor parents, would they be able to cope emotionally without me?

What treatment did you receive, if any?
While on self-isolation, I started myself on antibiotics as part of my symptoms were obvious signs of infection. I said if there was bacterial co-infection, I needed to take care of that. I visited the hospital on Day 5 for a review. Blood samples were taken for kidney function test, signs of infection and other things. I had a chest X-ray. My oxygen level and temperature were checked as well. Apart from a raised inflammatory marker (CRP of 40), everything was within acceptable range including oxygen level. So, I was sent home without a Covid-19 test as the policy then again didn’t allow that.

However, on Day 9, I felt worse. I called for an ambulance and they decided to take me into the hospital after check up as my breathing was bad, I was lethargic, and my oxygen levels were low. I informed my Vicar who immediately set up an emergency prayer team across the globe. I came into the hospital on Monday night very unwell requiring oxygen and on Tuesday morning, a swab was taken. The result came out positive and I was moved into a COVID ward that night.

The staff were worried for me and I was considered for intensive care, but dramatically I started improving on my second day in hospital. By Day 3, I was off oxygen despite being considered for intensive care earlier. This was a bit of a puzzle to the medical staff and I will always tell them that God did it and I am healed.

What happened to your faith then as a believer?
The most important thing that happened to me was the fact that I held unto God’s Word as my anchor, whenever I was down with thoughts I declared the word of God in Proverbs 18:21 which says that the power of life and death lies in the tongue and I chose life. 

During my self-isolation, my Vicar called three times a day to pray with me and encourage me. 
He had a vision that we were injured but no life was lost. 

My faith and that of my church especially the prayer team grew stronger due to my testimony. After recovery, I went straight home, continued praying and believing God for full recovery as I lost 6.5kg and was easily short of breath.

Have you experienced any stigmatisation?
I have not been going out as everyone is still on lockdown. I can’t say I have been stigmatised but I am worried that if people know you had COVID-19 they will stigmatise you out of fear more than anything.

Thank you very much Dr. Chike for sharing your experience with us. 

Have you been affected by the coronavirus and would like to share your experience, please leave your comments below or contact me at chidiogoradiant@gmail.com

Stay Safe. Stay alert.

Radiant ~ May 2020

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Jesimiel Damina (Jesi) - Happy lyrics


Verse 1
You give me happy memories
Chasing fireflies anchoring trees
We'll follow the rainbow till we touch the sky
Every moment with you is so alive

Verse 2
We're telling funny stories
Then we're dancing out in the breeze
Oh I'd capture this innocence
Only if I could wish we never change 
For many many moons

Chorus
Happy is me
Happy is you
Happy is us cause our feelings are true
Happy is love pure as a dove
Happy is times when I'm dreaming with you
Oh happy
Oh happy

Verse 3
Here in the moment life is sweet
I'm like the flower and you're like the bee
How I wish we were brothers so you'll never leave
And I'm missing you long long before you go

Chorus
Happy is me
Happy is you
Happy is us cause our feelings are true
Happy is love pure as a dove
Happy is times when I'm dreaming with you
Happy is me
Happy is you
Happy is us cause our feelings are true
Happy is love pure as a dove
Happy is times when I'm dreaming with you
Oh happy
Oh happy
Oh happy
Oh happy

See lyric video below

If you are a fan of the very popular YouTube series Best Friends in the World, then you must have heard and fallen in love with this song amongst many others on the soundtrack. This was performed by Jesimiel Damina, one of the three sisters who form the group Triple J plus. The complete soundtrack is available on Audiomack, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon music, etc. Love this song? Comment below.

Radiant ~ April 2020

Sunday, 16 February 2020

How to get visa for your parent to come visit you in the UK


Recently, I applied and got visa for my mom to visit me in the UK. Before I did, I had lots of questions that visa websites were not very helpful to answer. I relied on advice from friends who had done the same. I discovered I could apply for her online and all she needed to do was to attend her Biometrics appointment and wait. During the application process, I also learnt certain things which I think would have made my application easier if I had gotten a heads-up about them. I shall now take you through the process of obtaining a UK visitor visa for your parent. This also applies to obtaining visitor visa for any family member or friend. There are 6 basic steps which we will discus in detail. Stay tuned.

1. Apply online
2. Book biometrics appointment
3. Submit documents
4. Parent attends biometrics appointment
5. Wait
6. Visa ready for collection

I will be using Nigeria as a case study.

1. Apply online
This involves going to the gov.uk website, choosing the visitor visa category and creating an account with your email address. Then follow the link in your email to access the application any time. So basically, if you are applying for your parent, you need to fill the form as though they were the one filling it out. But remember to put your own contact details if you want to be the primary contact for the visa. Don't worry, at the end stage when submitting the application, you will be asked if you are completing the application on behalf of someone for which you will then answer Yes. You can always save your application and return to it using the link in your email.

2. Book biometrics appointment
After filling the application form, paying for it and submitting the form, you will be directed to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) website to book an appointment for your parent to go to provide  their biometrics and facial photograph. Nigeria uses a company called TLScontact. You will have to choose what location you want your parent to go to.

In Nigeria, there are centers in Lagos - Ikeja, Lagos - Victoria Island, and Abuja. Note: Victoria Island centre has a default user fee of £55. So if you don't want to pay that fee, you should choose the Ikeja centre that has no fees. If I had known about this, I would not have chosen VI. Once I chose VI, I could no longer change it to Ikeja. I don't know if there are fees for the Abuja centre.

There are certain tricks to be aware of when booking your appointment. Please read the legends well and understand what appointment you are to book. Appointments at 9am and 12noon are for those opting for Super Priority service (explained below). If you mistakenly choose either of those times, your shopping basket will be automatically updated and by the time you pay, the charge for Super Priority service will be withdrawn from your account. So beware. I know someone who almost got charged the equivalent of £956 for choosing the wrong appointment time. 

I don't know if this next point is a trick to get people to spend more than they are willing or a mistake, but for some reason as at the time I applied in January 2020, all the prices on the site were displayed in Naira. For example, the user fee was showing as N55 rather than £55. Priority service was showing as N220 rather than £220. Only after you've chosen it and are about to pay that it changes to £220. At that time, you may not be paying attention, and if you had chosen it with the mindset that you were to be charged N220, you will be shocked when the equivalent of £220 is withdrawn from your account. So shine your eyes.

3. Submit documents
After you've booked your appointment, you have from then till the day of appointment to submit your accompanying documents if you chose Self Service. If you cannot scan and upload the documents yourself, then do not choose Self Service, choose and pay for Assisted service. But I will advocate Self Service. It will save you lots of money and save your parent the stress of carrying many documents to the biometrics appointment.

The rule for submitting documents is the more documents, the better their chance of getting the visa. Even though on the gov.uk site, it says do not submit family pictures, etc; please submit. They require financial evidence (to show they can afford the trip and their stay), sponsor evidence (if someone else is paying for them), family evidence (to show relationship to the person they are visiting and ties to their home country), employment evidence (proves work ties to their home country and financial status), accommodation evidence (where they will stay while in the UK).

Click here to see a list of documents I submitted to accompany my mom's visa application. She was to be sponsored by my dad, me and my husband.

4. Parent attends the biometrics appointment 
Your parent is to attend the appointment with their original International Passport, a copy of their checklist of attached documents, proof of appointment date and 2 passport photographs. They should write out the name of whatever document you have attached if not on the checklist. 

5. Wait
Standard visitor visa service takes 15 working days from the day biometrics are taken. Priority service means they would put your application at the front of the queue. It should take about 5-7 working days. Super Priority is a same day service. My mom got back her Passport with the visa granted in 10 working days even though we chose the Standard service. Make sure you pick any calls as you might be contacted to confirm length of stay. I was not contacted but I know friends that were. You can track your application on the TLS website. 

6. Visa ready for collection
So in certain countries, the Passport can be collected by proxy. Not anymore in Nigeria. My mom was told not if she's below 65yrs of age. You can choose to have it delivered by courier. Even though my mom paid for text message service to notify her when her passport was ready for collection, she did not get any SMS. I got an email saying the Passport was back to the VAC and another saying it had been collected by the courier service. So don't waste your 300 Naira if you have a functioning email address.

In conclusion, you can apply for your parent, sibling or friend to visit you in the UK and all they have to do is show up for Biometrics appointment. Just follow the above steps and remember the more evidence you show, the better their chance. Good luck.

Radiant ~ February 2020

Documents to submit - UK visitor visa for your parent

I have written a step by step guide on how to apply and obtain visa for your parent to come visit you in the UK. You can read it here


Below are documents I submitted to support my mom's visa. Rule of thumb - the more evidence you provide, the better the chance of being granted the visa. I have written the headings as you will see them on the TLScontact website (the Visa Application Centre for Nigeria).

Accommodation temp or permanent
- Daughter's and Son-in-law's council tax
- Daughter's driver's licence (You can upload a utility bill instead)

Employment evidence
- Letter from her employer

Family evidence
This is to show relationship to the person they are visiting and ties to their home country. I uploaded Passports for those that had them and for those that did not have, I uploaded their driver's licence or birth certificates.
- Daughter's wedding certificate (this is because I had some documents in my maiden name and some in my married name)
- Daughter's birth certificate 
- Daughter 2's passport
- Son 1's passport
- Family picture
- Husband's driver's licence
- Son 1's birth certificate 
- Son 1's driver's licence
- Daughter 3's birth certificate 

Financial evidence
As my mom has 2 bank accounts, I uploaded 2 bank statements. If they are retired and are being sponsored fully, it is not necessary to show their own bank statements. 
- Bank statement 1
- Bank statement 2

Other
Old passports and visa
List of attached documents

Sponsor evidence
Letter from husband 
Husband's bank statement 
Letter of invitation
Daughter's bank statement 
Daughter's employment letter
Daughter's payslip
Daughter's passport
Daughter's residence permit
Son-in-law's bank statement
Son-in-law's employment letter
Son-in-law's payslip
Son-in-law's passport
Son-in-law's residence permit

Travel document


- Current passport 




My mom received her visa on the 10th working day even though we had applied for Standard visa service which should take 15 working days.

Click here to read my step by step guide on how to obtain UK visitor visa for your parent.

Radiant ~ February 2020