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A Book Review : Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma

Hey Guys!!!

I’m back with the Book Reviews. I was going to follow a schedule and say “watch out for book reviews every Sunday”, but I really do not know if I would be able to stick with the schedule. I can only try!

Remember I have a website dedicated solely to everything LITERARY – BOOK REVIEWS, BOOK EVENTS AND LITERARY LIFESTYLE of our favourite authors are creatives. So please do well to stop by THE AFRO READER and subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of the fun stuff!

Here’s a review of Collective Amnesia. I wouldn’t call it a review per se…but…Yeah Enjoy Still! 😊

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I AM DONE WITH THE NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL!

It’s been forever people!

Guess who just finished from the Nigerian Law School?

I. The Chimdinma Adriel Onwukwe.

Continue reading “I AM DONE WITH THE NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL!”

HOW TO BE A NIGERIAN – THE THIRD (LONG) LEG

In the month of October 2017, we read HOW TO BE A NIGERIAN by PETER ENAHORO in my book club – KAWEBOOKCLUB . We loved the humour and we decided to expand the stories by starting our own HOW TO BE A NIGERIAN SERIES – THE KAWE VERSION.  
I wrote this one. 
ENJOY!!! 

THE THIRD (LONG) LEG by Chimdinma Adriel Onwukwe 




When God moulded man and gave him the breath of life, his plan was for everyone to have TWO LEGS. But on the seventh day while God rested, the Nigerians made for themselves THIRD LEGS! 
This THIRD LONG LEG is highly INVSIBLE. Can’t be seen but it moves and aligns everything. 
Having a Third Leg simply means to have connections in high places; to be close to the power house and this third long leg moves ONLY when there is a NEED!

*A typical Conversation*


Mr. A: So how Njideka take get PPA for that Hospital?


Mrs. B: That girl get leg o. Her papa leg long pass sef. 


Mr. A: Because I come dey fear. I just know say no be luck. 


Mrs. B: Na so we see am o




This third leg makes you realize that in Nigeria, opportunities for competition are circumscribed by unfavourable social and economic development and for many people; resort to unofficial channels is almost inevitable.

It is also important to note that another name for this THIRD LONG LEG is “GOD’S GRACE” and “THANK GOD O”
The Third Long Leg reveals its invisible cloak during National Youth Service Corps; postings of young people begin to change by “GOD’S GRACE” so that those who were intially posted to Adamawa end up in Lagos by “GOD’S MIRACULOUS HAND”.

During my Law school posting, I saw the manifestations of various third long legs. 60% Percent of my classmates who were to go Kano and Yola ended up in Abuja and Lagos. I asked them how they managed to do it and they all replied saying; “IT WAS GOD’S GRACE. I REALLY PRAYED ABOUT IT”

We all know they never pray and they never prayed. It was the invisible third leg working.

You can’t truly call yourself a TRUE NIGERIAN if you are lacking in the THIRD LONG DEPARTMENT because truth be told, IT IS A NECESSITY!

Visit the KAWE BOOK CLUB BLOG to read more HOW TO BE A NIGERIAN STORIES. If you are interested in sending your story on HOW TO BE A NIGERIAN, Please, drop a comment. 


Love and Light. 

It is 2018 – Create Your Own Happiness!!!

Happy New Year Amazing People!!!

Super glad we all made it into the New Year!

If you are anything like me – then you are a well planned person. Thoughtful to a fault. Waiting for the right time to cry, to smile, to say hi, to call…to just be. Continue reading “It is 2018 – Create Your Own Happiness!!!”

Of Scars, Kindness of Strangers and Healing Wounds

Hello Beautiful People! It is the last day of the Year! 2017 was a very DRAMATIC YEAR. I have missed writing here. I wrote something I have been putting off for a very long time.

2017 was a dramatic year. I loved the people I met during my internship.

I read more books.

I started THEAFROREADER. http://www.theafroreader.com

I got into Law school – not my preferred choice of campus. But I have amazing new friends.

I started running a bookclub – KAWE AFRICA BOOK CLUB. http://www.kawebookclub.wordpress.com

I met AMAZING PEOPLE!

2017 was DRAMATIC!

I GREW UP!

2018 is for setting the Bar on Fire!

I hope you enjoy this short piece. Of Scars. The Kindness of Strangers. Healing Wounds.

Sevhage Reviews

Hello Beautiful People! It is the last day of the Year! 2017 was a very DRAMATIC YEAR. I have missed writing here. I wrote something I have been putting off for a very long time.

I hope you enjoy it.

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PART 1. SCARS

Lagos = Scars.

Mental scars. Emotional scars. Physciological scars. Physcial scars.

One night in July, I was coming back from work. It was raining. I stopped at the Ajah junction looking for a Keke that would take me down to my estate. No keke stopped for me. It was unsual, but I figured it was the rain that made them Ignore passengers. After about twenty minutes of waiting under the rain, I finally found a keke. It was just one space left in front. I hesitated because this one actually stopped for me! But I had been waiting forever, so I had no choice but to…

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Reading Better In 2018

I help run KAWE BOOK CLUB!!! I have written a short article on the blog – READING BETTER IN 2018. Enjoy

KAWEAFRICA BOOK CLUB

Compliments of the Season Everyone!

A lot of us are obviously making new year goals and all that – It is an amazing thing. The end of something calls for refelections and the beginning of another calls for goals and lists.
As book nerds and bibliophiles, we constantly have books piled up which we ought to read but have not yet found the time. It is really difficult to read books, especially literary works, if you work a 9-5. And if you live in a city like Lagos, it is almost impossible!

We know you want to read those books in 2018. So we have come up with tricks and ways to make you read more books…faster and better.

Enjoy!

1) AUDIO BOOKS!!!

These are recordings of texts. They save time – You can listen to audio books while washing, cleaning the house, driving etc. Audio books are also very…

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

Merry Christmas Beautiful People!!!

I am sure a lot of us have devoured meals in their numbers!

Christmas is such an amazing season. The JOY that comes with celebrating the Birth of Christ is second to none and highly contagious – beautiful Christmas songs, new clothes, gifts, love, laughter, FOOD!!! etc.
Something happened in Church yesterday. I spent the Christmas eve at Owerri West LGA, Okolochi – my Aunty’s village.  Continue reading “MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017”

YOUR SEASON(S) WILL COME

It’s that time of the year again – CHRISTMAS!!!

Christmas has changed over here. No one bothers about christmas clothes anymore, no one bothers about christmas hair. No one travels to the village anymore – You know, the typical Nigerian Igbo Family Christmas. Maybe it is because we are all grown up and have “better” things to worry about. 

I for one, have one “better thing” to worry about. I have been trying to read and study so hard. The only I think about now is my BAR FINALS – which is in AUGUST! 

But all these do not change the MEANING of CHRISTMAS. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and a reminder that he came into this world for YOU. For me. 

While studying this morning – I usually read with music – cool, calm, soothing music, especially in the wee hours of the morning – I listened to a new single from the HILLSONG – PEACE PROJECT CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

My favourite from the album is SEASONS. Powerful lyrics that spoke to me. And once again, I am reminded that God has not forgotten us. We all have our seasons and when it comes???

 
KAAAAABBBOOMM!!!

 

I will put down the lyrics and I hope you get INSPIRED and meditate on the words – for days when the things you prayed for are taking forever to become realities. 


SEASONS

Words and Music by Chris Davenport, Benjamin Hastings & Ben Tan

VERSE 1

Like the frost on a rose

Winter comes for us all

Oh how nature acquaints us

With the nature of patience

Like a seed in the snow

I’ve been buried to grow

For Your promise is loyal

From seed to sequoia



PRE-CHORUS

I know



CHORUS

Though the winter is long even richer

The harvest it brings

Though my waiting prolongs even greater

Your promise for me like a seed

I believe that my season will come



VERSE 2

Lord I think of Your love

Like the low winter sun

As I gaze I am blinded

In the light of Your brightness

Like a fire to the snow

I’m renewed in Your warmth

Melt the ice of this wild soul

Till the barren is beautiful



BRIDGE

I can see the promise

I can see the future

You’re the God of seasons

I’m just in the winter

If all I know of harvest

Is that it’s worth my patience

Then if You’re not done working

God I’m not done waiting

You can see my promise

Even in the winter

Cause You’re the God of greatness

Even in a manger

For all I know of seasons

Is that You take Your time

You could have saved us in a second

Instead You sent a child



TAG

And when I finally see my tree

Still I believe there’s a season to come



VERSE 3

Like a seed You were sown

For the sake of us all

From Bethlehem’s soil

Grew Calvary’s sequoia


Sequoia. How Big!!!!

Ben Hastings wrote this on the Website:

Have you ever seen a Giant Sequoia?
I was a 12 year old boy in this awkward phase of discovering fashion, so naturally I was wearing this delightful salmon shirt that was as about as far from fashion as we were from Ireland.
Ireland is where I’m from by the way, but on this particular year the Hastings family had decided to vacation along the west Coast of California, and after a long winded winding drive, we found ourselves pulling into the glorious Eden of Yosemite National Park.
Have you ever been? You should. It’s your favourite Microsoft screensaver, but in real life.


We parked, threw our bags in this quaint, quirky inn and rushed out the door to explore a paradise of colour. The deepest greens you have ever seen, water falling in the bluest of blues and dirt trails of adventure and sepia tones that we ran until we ran out of breath. As my brother and I stopped to catch some air, giving our parents a chance to catch us, I remember slowly lifting my head and for the first time stretching my eyes across the grandeur of a Giant Sequoia. It was the biggest thing I had ever seen. Effortlessly scraping the sky, but as wide as the highway that had brought us here, and with my eyes in even wider wonder I stood; my neck stretched back as far as it would go, engulfed in shadow and ancient magnificence.



I wonder if you’ve ever had a similar moment. Perhaps gazing up at a monument of nature or the biggest man-made landmark in your hometown.
For me, when I look at something of such enormity, I can’t help but feel like it’s been there forever.
In Sydney we have The Harbour Bridge. A masterpiece of design and engineering which I have the joy of sitting upon, in traffic everyday (I guess if you’re gonna sit in traffic there are worse views). But I can’t get my mind around the idea that there was a time when it didn’t exist. It’s hard to imagine the Sydney Harbour without it and yet my wife’s Great Grandma Phyllis (105 and as cheeky as ever!) was already a teenager when it was first opened.


I think in the same way, I’ve sometimes viewed God’s promises like that. Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever looked at the fulfilment of His faithfulness in someone else’s life and wondered…


“Where’s my Harbour Bridge?” 


“Where’s that wife I heard you whisper?”


“Where’s the materialisation of that thing I know you put in my heart?”


If there is anything I know to be true of God it’s that He’s true to His word. But He’s also very okay with the process. Was the Harbour Bridge airlifted into place? Well no… of course not… Even the three thousand year old Sequoia, was once a seed.


I think Jesus is the perfect example of this. In the Song ‘Seasons’ from ‘The Peace Project‘ there is a line that sings…
“You could have saved us in a second, instead you sent a Child”.
We serve a God of the “Long Game”. Does He have the capacity to airlift the Harbour Bridge of our promise into place? Of course He does! And sometimes, He does. But if we can attribute trends to God (which we probably can’t) I’ve noticed that God often chooses something else: “The Jesus Model”.


From Bethlehem’s soil

Grew Calvary’s Sequoia 


He takes His Word and He plants it like a seed in our lives. Watching and watering until it grows and ever so slowly but inevitably blooms into glorious fulfilment. And I think if we look for it, this divine methodology is written into everything from the narrative of the Bible to the beauty of creation.


Oh how nature acquaints us

With the nature of Patience. 
His nature.


Visit the link below to enjoy the beauty that is this music:


https://youtu.be/QaEx2A7p9Dk 

Get the Album, Guys!!!

Quoting Brooke Ligertwood of Hillsong:

 “This album, ‘The Peace Project’ is not simply Christmas music. It’s the sound a movement bringing peace to the earth through the Church, in Jesus’ Name.”

#WagePeace

Though the waiting seems long…prolongs even greater…

Your season(s) will come…

Seed = Sequoia 

The wait will be worth it!

Have an amazing Christmas Celebration!!! 

Love and Light…

My December Read – AUTHENTIC MAMA!!!

Hello!!!

It is so good to be on here after what seems like eons. 

Law school is not easy. Like, I am constantly in this circle of studying and attending classes and preparing for presentations. 

New wigs were called to the Nigerian Bar two days ago and seeing the pictures of my senior colleagues in their wigs and gowns gave me JOY and HOPE. I kept telling myself: 

Next year, you will be called to the Nigerian Bar – you will be called EXCELLENTLY. 

I apologize for the absence. I miss talking about life and books and African Literature. But knowing that it is all for a GREATER CAUSE warms my heart.

Now. The Holidays are here!!! Who is excited?

I have decided to take TWO DAYS out of my very busy holiday – that would begin on the 15th – to read this amazing book by OLUNOSEN LOUISA IBHAZE – AUTHENTIC MAMA!!! I will be reading this book alongside members of my BOOK CLUB –KAWE BOOK CLUB – You should totally join us! 

What are you reading this season?

Meanwhile, cath up on interviews from some of Nigeria’s finest literary enthusiasts HERE – on the THE AFRO READER’S website.

Cheerrrrssss!!!
 

   

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