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I only learnt about this celebration of authors today so I want to join the Americans to celebrate my favourite authors and their books.

Top on my list in no particular order are:

Late Chinua Achebe

Danielle Steele

John Grisham

Chimamanda  Adichie

Nora Roberts

Catherine Coulter

Elechi Amadi

Stephen King

 Agatha Christie

William Shakespeare

Dan Brown

E. L. James

Maria Puzo,

Rhonda Byrne, etcetera.

These authors and so many others have shaped my life beyond measure, taken me to places I would never have known otherwise, inspired me tremendously and entertained me immensely.

By reading their books, they have allowed me into their minds and lives and given me room to delve into my innermost chamber. They have provided means of escape. 

Like music, you can never get enough of it as it gets finer with age. So BRAVO to all authors, dead and alive, aspiring and established! May your ink never ever run dry.

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My versatile friend, Lisa nominated me for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD and I thank her immensely for deeming me fit to share in this. Lisa is a talented writer with so much up her sleeves. Her blog is full of fun and intelligent posts with challenging challenges in the mix.

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THE RULES are quite simple BUT…

  • Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 10-15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 10-15 bloggers for the Award — you may include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things/facts about yourself.

I hope I will be forgiven for breaking/bending the rules a bit to suit me better.

And my nominees are:

Then comes the hard part…

Seven facts about me…

I love riding horses and has never ridden one.

I love the seas, oceans and all.

I am probably not as intelligent as you think I am.

Music can lift my spirits when everything else fails.

I’d rather read novels than my recommended text books.

Sometimes my own company is the sweetest.

I believe in love, life and miracles.

Those are the ones I can think of at the drop of a hat. So I hope you guys have loads of fun with this.


Some days it seems, are meant to go bad no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try to change it.

Some days, everything and everybody seem to work against you. Nothing goes as planned. Everyone seems bent on bringing out the worst in you, pushing you to the wall.

Some days, even you seem to be working against you. Really, how bad can it get after that, huh?

Those days however when your back is against the wall and you are left to wallow in that dark dungeon of depression, sadness and disillusionment, when it seems too easy to just give up and remain in that stupor, convince yourself that it is time to get up. You cannot afford to remain there, no, no. Gotta get up and fight back. Fight that spirit of sadness and depression. Leave that dark dungeon, go take a walk, play your best songs, write, hang out with positive people that understand and accommodate you despite your dark mood. Loose yourself in that painting, that book, that comedy, do whatever positive thing you can to get out of that dark place.

You know what happens if you refuse to lift yourself up? You sink deeper into it till it swallows you and leaves you miserable and depressed. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the warm breeze on your skin, the laughter of those kids, the lyrics and sound of that music than remain sad?

Some days are like today. Everything seems bleak and everyone it seems, only wanna annoy and irritate me. But no, I refuse to be drawn into that darkness. I’m rising above it already. I can see the bright lights already, the smiles and laughter around me, the love in the world waiting to be shared and experienced.

Some days I have to fight like today to conquer, I must conquer…

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WHERE IS THE READING CULTURE IN NIGERIA FLEEING TO?

‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘They was going to the market when the bomb exploded’
‘He have graduated from the university’
‘When he get to the house, he now start going back instead of going inside’

Don’t even get me started o! The level of blunder our children and youth commit in this country is incredible. Imagine a graduate teaching children with those kinds of grammar above! What will such kids become tomorrow? I don’t know about you, but I read some of the things that people post on facebook, even while attempting to correct others or insult them for their use of English, I shudder. Graduates! I used to get annoyed when people lament that many Nigerian graduates are unemployable. But now, I don’t know if that’s really a wrong assumption judging by the English we speak and write. It will be hard to employ someone who cannot express his/herself properly in English. I’d wonder how they came about the certificate if it were me. I think it centers around this endemic ‘sexually transmitted degrees’ syndrome in our universities. Since there is an easy way to secure the certificate, why read? Law of least effort.
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The importance of reading cannot be over emphasized, yea. So why do Nigerians mostly run away from reading? We can attribute it to bad economy, high cost of books, internet addiction, materialism, religion, upbringing, environment, lack of facilities and conducive environment, attitude and so on. All of them are possible causes to which we contribute one way or the other. Since we all have a stake in it, we must join hands to challenge this status quo in our own individual and collective ways.
Before we start pointing fingers at government, teachers, and all those, let us zero the beam on us as parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, neighbours, matters not the category you fall into. There is always a child somewhere around that you can mentor and coach. That is if we are well coached ourselves. That is why we need to improve on our own reading culture so that we can be better teachers and mentors for the younger ones. I cannot begin to enumerate the joys associated with reading, nor the impact it can have on a person’s life, I am a testimony to that, so can you be if you are not already. Instead of buying irrelevant stuffs for these children, we can get them children’s novels and books, from tender age. That is how they can imbibe the culture of reading and grow with it.

Some of these NGOs can help form accessible book clubs where people can go to borrow books, discuss them with others and learn. I even stumbled on one online book club here in Nigeria, http://www.rcbc.org.ng. such efforts ought to be replicated. We cannot leave everything to government.
This addiction and over dependence on television and the social media should be looked into, parents and wards. There are a whole lot one can learn from the internet, but most often, the young go for just fun and entertainment. Monitor and control the contents of what your young ones gulp in. Some of these long periods in front of the tubes and phones can be reduced to accommodate reading.
How I wish all these real life shows like Big Brother Africa, Gulder Ultimate Search, Nigeria’s got talent and the likes, will involve reading and books in their shows. Let there be one thing that will challenge and benefit the intellect in them. Television shows can also serve as platform for promoting reading culture as Oprah Winfrey does in hers.

Schools! How many of them have standard libraries? Seek out these NGOs and let them assist your school to build and equip libraries. Educate and enlighten the students, not just on how to use the library as we were taught in school, but the treasure contained within the walls of these libraries. I remember when I was in the University, we were taught use of the library, how to find books, the referencing and all. That was in my first year. Yet, no one told me that a very large section of the library was devoted to novels, ancient and modern. My joy knew no bounds when I discovered this, but I was already in my third year and I felt deprived.

There are many ways we can help improve our own individual reading cultures and that of the younger generation. Honestly, once you venture into that world, nothing can change that. Hear Ibrahim Zen:

“I have recently become addicted to books and it is an addiction that I hope I never find a cure for”.

I leave you with those words while also asking you, when was the last time you started and finished a book or are you part of those Nigerians they say that one sure way to hide something from them is to put it in a book?