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Nigerian Law School – Yenagoa Campus

Hey Guys! 

Guess who is in Law School? Yours Truly. I am scared as hell. 

I never applied for Bayelsa, Yenagoa campus. My roomate never applied for Bayelsa but got it too. I met a guy who filled : Abuja, Kano and Yola but who still got Bayelsa. So I was not alone in this sudden change of plans. I cried for a week and it did not help that my friends were not posted to Bayelsa. 

Since my 400 level days as a Law undergraduate at the University of Ibadan, I have dreamt of being in Lagos Campus for two reasons;

a) I wanted the Lagos drill. I wanted the extreme stress of Lagos campus as I felt the stress was going to make me do better in school.

b) I wanted to be able to attend AKE FESTIVAL. I wanted to be close to all the literary activities in Lagos. I wanted to be close to KAWE BOOKCLUB.

But Life happens. And here I am, in Bayelsa, surrounded by large mosquitoes. Mosquitoes like bats. 

In Bayelsa, you will learn that some things are compulsory necessities: 

1) Mosiquto net

2) Long and thick trousers

3) Socks

4) Handgloves

These mosquitoes are not here to play. They are like bats. I found a dead mosquito in my indomie last night. 

I have tried to compensate myself with the fact that I spent my gap year in Lagos interning at one of the best accounting and tax firms in the world and I have also tried to compensate myself with the hostel accomodation in Bayelsa campus. It is perfect albeit being five in a room. But there is still room for everyone to mind his or her business, the ensuite bathrooms and toilets and the tiled floors.

I am not quite impressed with the learning hall. It is quite small for the number of students, the seats are few and half of them are bad. They are actually not fit for purpose. At all. I made a comment about it and a lecturer replied saying:

Your senior colleagues spoilt it. You guys will have to pay the prize. 

Sadly, law school is not a place to wear your cape of heorism and your Ned Stark cloak. 

Second Day Of Induction

I talked to a senior friend about my fears and she told me: 

Chimdinma

Enjoy the process. Let your life and heart be richer for the experience.

Remember to laugh. Study hard but eat and sleep too. Follow the rules but dont be bullied, by the system or by its people.

Guard your mental health. 

I cut her short telling her about my fears…the annoying grading system…and how I thought my brain was not that hot…

She replied:

You don’t need be a hot brain, babe. You need to study consistently and take care of your health and know whats important in the big fat curriculum and most importantly, let God guide you.

Pray for me guys!!!

I have met some interesting people – people from Universities like Usman Dan Fodio and the University of Maiduguri. The blogger in me could not help but ask of their stories. 

I have decided to create a category on my blog : STUDENTS OF NLS YENAGOA!!!

In this category, I would ask them questions about their lives, universities and one very important question : WHY LAW?!?

This question is important to me because I am quite indifferent to Law right now…and so I am hoping that maybe, just maybe…asking these questions and seeing law through the eyes of these people would stir something in me. 

Because of the busy nature of law school, the interviews may not be published as often as I would want them to. But be rest assured, you would definitely read their stories. 

Wish me well guys…

Pray for me…

Love and Light…

Always!

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All Saints and All Souls…

 
As an Orthodox Christain and lover of all things Orthodox, All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day are quite significant for me. Continue reading “All Saints and All Souls…”

The Book Affair Series

Hello Everyone! 

If you have been following my blog posts then you will know I am a big fan of books and literature. And for me, one of the most beautiful things in life is finding people who love same thing as you do and getting to hear them talk about it.

I started THE BOOK AFFAIR SERIES as a way of getting fellow book lovers express their love for books. Who knows, our stories might influence others to become readers!!!

Book Affairs is a weekly series of essays where book lovers explore their unique relationships with books, the pivotal role books play in their lives and their love for all things literature. These essays that promise to be as intense as they are engaging will be published every Saturday. 

CLICK HERE to read the story of ROMEO ORIOGUN – Winner, 2017 Brunel African Poetry Prize

CLICK HERE to read the story of CHIAMAKA NWANGWU.

Genuinely looking forward to reading your essays. 

Send them to: theafroreader@gmail.com

And do not forget to visit and subscribe to – http://www.theafroreader.com

Love and Light! 

Things We Love (and hate) About Nigeria 

So we just celebrated our 57th year post-Independence from the British crown. In all sincerity, there is nothing to celebrate about Nigeria.

But we can celebrate MI, cos if this ain’t being Nigerian, I dunno what is!!! This is the Nigerian humour they warned you about!

I am writing this post from a hospital shed, sipping from a #100 bottle of coke and trying to tame my anger.  All students who are heading to the Nigeria Law School are usually made to run some medical tests. I begin Law school in few weeks (AFTER WAITING FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR – another reason why Nigeria is not worth celebrating). I have not had time to do mine up until today. This morning, I woke up early, got dressed and began my journey to the UNIVERSITY OF PORTHARCOURT TEACHING HOSPITAL. Lo and Behold, THEY WERE ON STRIKE! I was directed to go to BMH, the State Government’s Hospital; on getting there, I was told they were on strike too!!!! Can you believe that? Note that these two hospitals are on extreme ends. I literally had to do 360degrees turn under the hot sun. 

How does one celebrate a country that stresses you mentally? That literally makes you want to slide down a wall?

But we Nigerians have this suffering and smiling attitude. And so we always celebrate admist lack, poverty, sorrow and anguish. It is always in the little things. And these are some of the reasons we love NIGERIA: 

1) Small Chops:

I really do not know how small chops became part of our national identity. For me, my romance with small chops started this year. 

My hands. Holding one of the numerous plates of small chops I ate earlier this year

I interned at Ernst & Young Nigeria for nine months and I can’t count how many times I ate small chops. It was shared during birthdays, general meetings, thanksgiving sections etc. I was always looking forward to small chops.

In Nigeria, smallchops are what our abroad friends may call finger foods. A plate of small chops contains the following; Battered Fish, Mini Sausage Rolls, Snails, Peppered Gizzards, Barbecued Goat Meats (Asun), Puff Puffs and even some imported world recipes can be seen; Samosa and Spring Rolls.

So Yes! #TeamSmallChops

2) Ankara and Danshiki:

Sisters and I rocking the Danshiki

I never used to be crazy about ankara until I met CHINELO NWANGWU. I used to call it “Traditional”, but after many years of living in Ibadan and mixing up, ANKARA became a fav!!!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie rocking this beautiful ANKARA
I got this beautiful piece from BALOGUN MARKET, Lagos. And incase you are wondering, I took this picture at the NIKE ART GALLERY!!! Every Nigerian has to visit this place.

3) Nigerian Memes and Sense of Humour:

I will just go ahead and explain this with some screenshots.

Even brands are not left out of this

Follow Instagram handles like Urbanyoobakrakstv for more!!!

4) Aba Made: The creativity and skill here is so raw. If only the government would move a quarter of its attention towards Aba. I still have a slippers I bought for #500 with a strong label – AZONTO!!! Meanwhile, the footwear I bought from the MAX store at IBADAN MALL has since been dead and buried. #BuyAba #BuyNairatogrowtheNaira

5) LAGOS TRAFFIC: You have to experience it! 

6) BOLE: I am forever loyal to BOLE. The one eaten in the Eastern and Southern part of Nigeria. I am not loyal to Boli, the one eaten in the Western part of Nigeria. It is very easy for a BOLIST to fall for BOLE. Most BLOEIST like me find it difficult falling for the BOLI. You get my drift? I think it is very insulting to even place both of them on the same pedestal. Loool! Like, who eats roasted plaintain with groundnuts biko? 

Plantain with groundnut, BOLI, above, is eaten in the West. The delicious meal below, is BOLE, eaten in the South.

In the South-West, boli is eaten like a snack but in the South-South it is A FULL MEAL, a balanced diet eaten with roasted yam, roasted fish, sauce and vegetables. 

Truth is, there is so much to love about Nigeria!!! So much!!! Our joy is contagious. Our diversity is amazing, we find ourselves everyday. We have a rich blend of culture. Religion – we love God so much! Is it our close-knit family members? Or the ability of Nigerians to price every single thing in the market? Is it Mama Put? (Shout to MAMA TEE – Balogun market. I mean, who 17th floor epp), JOLLOF RICE, WHITE RICE, DODO!!! 

Our BELLANAIJAWEDDINGS page on Instagram would make you want to get married ASAP!!!

We owe it to ourselves to make our immediate environment better. We can begin by shinning positive lights in our schools, work places, churches, places of worship.

The government has since failed us. There is no electricity, our educational system is epileptic etc etc. 

It is our collective responsibility to make the next 57 years count. We owe it to ourselves and to our children, even those yet unborn.

I mean, at the end of the day, you can’t blame a brother for wanting to have a healthy long distance relationship with Nigeria. Can ya?

Love and Light!

The Love You Give Yourself Is The One That Will Heal You – Kamnelechukwu Susan Obasi

Beautiful People!

How have you all been?

The Afro Reader website is up and running and I am excited about the many ideas in my head. 

I started a series : CONVERSATIONS!

Conversations is a weekly interview series with some of my favorite poets, novelists and book enthusiasts. 

Kamnelechukwu is as beautiful as her name. Her voice is a blend of milk mixed with purehoney. I first heard her talk at the Author’s Talk programme organized by the Kate Tales Foundation. I have always been a fan of her work but it was really great putting a face to the art. And so when the website was ready, she was top on my interview list. In this interview, she talks about her book BRAVE, photography, her phobia for flying roaches and her friendship with Romeo Oriogun – Winner of the 2017 Brunel Prize! All in 20 Simple Questions! When I read through the email, I felt as though I had come out of a liberating theraphy session. 

Kamnelechukwu is a Documentary photographer and storyteller from Ebonyi, Nigeria. She holds a degree in Computer Science. She acted as a contributor for the NORTH IS NOT NOT team whilst travelling and changing narratives about Northern Nigeria in 2016. Her Ongoing Project seeks to document the male body and its issues which it rather chooses to internalize by using silence as punishment and also defiance as well as how it deals with the decision to define ourselves, name ourselves and speak for ourselves than have others do it for us.

Her work has been featured on KONBINI, ELSIEISY and SISTER NAMIBIA. 

This interview has a lot of soul! Enjoy!
Click HERE!!!!! …. to read the remaining of the interview and to download her book, BRAVE!!! 

Do not forget to drop your comments.

Poetry from BRAVE!

Love and Light!

XX

My 9mobile Interview : Life In The Bush Of Books

Hello Guys,

My weekend has been busy and that is because I have been preparing interview questions for some of my favourite poets. The interviews would be posted on the new website; http://www.theafroreader.com. I can’t wait for you guys to read them. 

I got featured on the 9mobile Blog. An interview series for book enthusiasts. I was asked in the interview about my favourite book, my favourite author, and I was also asked if Nigerians read! 

Over to you guys, Do you think Nigerians read??? What is your best African Novel or Nigerian Novel and WHY???? 

Now that I think about it, if I were to take a book for a journey it would be SECRECT LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES and DEAR IJAWELE by CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE!

Dear Ijawele would spark up a goid conversation!!!

Please click HERE to read all of it. 

And remember to SUBSCRIBE TO THE AFRO READER website. That way you get to receive all the posts in your mailbox!!!

Love and Light!

XX

MUSIC THAT SANCTIFIES – HILLSONG: LET THERE BE LIGHT

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I’ve had this post in my draft since forever. Lagos won’t let me do a complete post. I had to squeeze out time to write this. Which involved leaving the office by 7pm.

Lagos. The city that makes you forget you have to observe your quiet time. You get up by 4:00am and get home by 9:00pm.

But Hillsong makes things easier for me. I do not know what my spiritual life would have been like if I did not know the lyrics of most Jesus Culture, Hillsong and Bethel Music songs by heart. Continue reading “MUSIC THAT SANCTIFIES – HILLSONG: LET THERE BE LIGHT”

BOOK READING : STAY WITH ME & TADUNO’S SONG.

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Hey Guys,

I have been wanting to post this but time and chance won’t just let me.

On the 14th Of May 2017, Patabah Bookstore hosted a book reading for Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me and Odafe Atogun’s Taduno’s Song.

It was a wonderful experience. Continue reading “BOOK READING : STAY WITH ME & TADUNO’S SONG.”

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