Writing for BellaNaija and Nairabrain
Dear Blog Family,
How have you been? Yes, it’s been a while and I confess that I have been appearing and disappearing. I have been incredibly busy, so much that twenty four hours seem not to be enough at times. I have decided to streamline my career path towards being a writer and a writer only. I have found out I can never be fulfilled doing anything else or doing something related to my first degree.
As a result of this, I have recently started generating content for two online sites; the popular BellaNaija and Nairabrain. I am also working on my new book which will be available for downloads anytime soon. I spend a typical day writing and writing stuffs and trying to meet deadlines that I hardly find time to come here. Am so sorry for this. I’ll be posting some of my interesting articles from both sites here from time to time. My brain gets busy writing different stories from paragraph to paragraph( you know I write in my brain first, then I transcribe the work from my brain to microsoft word).
Life has been pretty much interesting. Electricity has greatly improved in my part of the country so much that it has made blogging and surfing the web easier. If this is an evidence of change, then I find it applaudable. However, the ministeri
al list and the candidates therein generated a lot of brouhaha. I missed watching the screening of key people like Fashola and Amaechi. Well, nothing new has happened with the set of nominated ministers. It’s just a re-cycle of the same old people and this tells me that no matter how much integrity a supposed politician seems to have, they are always the same. I am saying that a politician will always be a politician. They must always recruit the people that brought them to office, that helped in their campaigns.#nuffsaid#
When the news about Linda Ikeji’s fortune filtered into town, a lot of mixed reactions trailed it. Apart from the fact that several blogs quickly sprang up, the comic relief I felt on twitter was second to none. With people tweeting such things as ‘you are still asking your boyfriend for 200naira recharge card when Linda ikeji is a woman like you’. #your sugar daddy is a tenant in Ikeja while a woman like you owns a house in Africa’s richest neighbourhood#
Earlier today, I attended the induction ceremony of new medical doctors by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria at Naf Conference centre, Kado Estate. Mostly they were rich kids who studied medicine abroad. I was amused watching all those girls taking ‘selfies’ just outside t
he hall. The guys among them were going about with serious faces. Trust Yoruba parents(yes, they were ably represented), they came in full iro and buba with antennae gele. Even though, the inductees had just two invitee tags. So, most family and friends hung in the corridor. Parents love to show!!!
I became aware of a group called “Abuja Literary Society” through a dear acquaintance who is also a blogger and learned fellow. I saw a picture where she attended ‘Night of a thousand words’. So we got talking and she said meetings are held at Salamander Cafe in Wuse 11 by 7pm. I became sad because of the timing which isn’t too perfect for me. I also have a phobia for night journies.
Anyways, I visited the Salamander Cafe on my way from NAF conference centre. I was just curious to see where the meeting held on some Fridays. And I really love the place. It’s a wonderful place where writers can meet over a plate of fried chicken and still talk about books. I saw books of Helon Habila,Toni Kan, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Adichie and I saw great titles like ‘Night of the creaking bed’, Measuring time’, Americanah etc
This is surely one of the coolest spots within the nation’s capital city that functions as a restaurant and has a mini bookshop that is an extension of the ‘Jazz Hole’ famous for its books and music.
Salamander Café has a customized catering style from trendy new cuisines, to authentic international themes, as well as the popular traditional meals
Salamander Café is a top spot for feeding the stomach and the brain where guests can eat, maybe have a glass of wine, or coffee and probably pick up a book or two from the Glendora Bookshop located within the cafe while waiting.
The café has been hosting book reading sessions since it opened for business in 2007. It has also hosted an evening of old school music called ‘Faaji Session’ which had the ageless minstrel, Fatai Rolling Dollar and Sina Ayinde Bakare, performing during the show.
It’s night time here and I am holed up in bed reading Francine Rivers’- “Bridge to Haven”. Be sure to get a goodnight rest too.
####peace, love, yoghurt, muffins, fried ram and plenty hugs########