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Young and Cerebral Essay Competition

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Oyinkansola the Judge…Yup! I like the sound of that! Young and Cerebral in their justified concern for the youths of Nigeria and how detached and uninformed they are of their culture, their language and their history, have put together an essay competition… The Essay Competition is an initiative of Young & Cerebral, a youth development platform that raises awareness on how young...

The Stories from African Pens

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African literature is a genre in and of itself. And it is one that I have always admired, albeit from a safe distance. For me African literature is like a gobstopper – strong, distinct but difficult to eat. Like a painting that is beautiful but has you turning your head this way and that, wondering if perhaps the gallery accidentally placed it upside down. It is like listening to someone...

So I’m Starting A Creative Writing Workshop…Yay Me

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For the month of November and as a supplement to the Nanowrimo event, I will be hosting a free creative writing workshop. Hosting not teaching. It is an avenue for us all to learn and grow but as a host I will be providing activities, prompts, structure and lots and lots of encouragement. The workshop is for anyone who would like to 1) finish a 50,000 word novel 2) improve their writing skills 3)...

The Abomination of Mrs Rochester

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It occurred to me today that I have a blog now.
This was a very important rediscovery because several years ago I read a book and this book made me ANGRY; unfortunately I had no way of expressing this anger except to my family (who really couldn’t have cared less.)
I have never forgiven the author for writing this book and I probably never will.

Rearing To Go

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I got an email from Nanowrimo reminding me that November was just around the corner… According to my Nanowrimo account, I have been a member of Nanowrimo for almost FIVE years. It’s incredible how time just evaporates. I still remember joining and being all hyped. I was in England, in university, reading Creative Writing and Law and I was EAGER to finish my first novel. If you have...

Once upon a time…

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It’s been a long long time since I have posted. Approximately two weeks. But I have an excuse – I’m trying to become Lara Croft and it is wearing me out physically. I have also been caught up in weddings, work, love, hate, more work and attempting to tidy up my ever chaotic room. Nevertheless, I have to remember that writing is a priority for me. When I finished The Men She...

My Brother – The Critic

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My brother has this habit of looking over my shoulder as I write, and critiquing. This drives me up the wall for the following reasons: 1) He is 13. 2) He uses phrases such as – ‘This doesn’t make sense’ and ‘Do you think this will appeal to a global market?’ 3) It is terribly distracting to have someone critique your work AS YOU ARE WRITING IT. 4) He is 13. 5)...

I Won’t Consider You A Writer Unless…

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The thing is, when someone comes up to you and tells you they are a singer, you typically expect them to be able to carry a tune. If someone walks up to you with a violin, you have already imagined that the music will be played expertly. But for some reason, some odd reason, anyone and everyone can carry a pen and declare themselves a writer. I may sound like a right witch, but I won’t...

I Won’t Consider You A Writer Unless…

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The thing is, when someone comes up to you and tells you they are a singer, you typically expect them to be able to carry a tune. If someone walks up to you with a violin, you have already imagined that the music will be played expertly. But for some reason, some odd reason, anyone and everyone can carry a pen and declare themselves a writer. I may sound like a right witch, but I won’t...

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