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HOW DO YOU DISPLAY YOUR LOVE? The Watch Tower of January 2012 asked, how did Abraham display love? Abraham showed that he loved his family. Undoubtedly, Abraham was a busy man. Yet, he never neglected his family’s emotional and spiritual needs. It was on record that Abraham even took the lead of worshipping in his […]
“Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”- Lao Tzu When I was a young girl, I loved to explore nature and in that exploration I came to learn of one of my phobia which was insectophobia-the fear of insects. I would kill the insects even if they meant no harm to me and sometimes even […]
African democracy is about counting heads and not what is inside them.-Anonymous It is a continent with beautiful seashores, lush forests and plains that breathe life. She is known for her generosity with love that is so warm it dries you out. Just like Chinua Achebe said in his novel “A man who calls his […]
A house built on a shaky foundation most likely ends in catastrophe. Unfolding occurrences such as increasing divorce rates and domestic violence is a menace that has escalated with the advent of the social media age. The social media has crippled the feminist movement to mere banality and its core value of liberation of the […]
Forgive me oh Lord! For my sins are not swords Flowing blood like river Nile People wailing at the bodies piled Roasted bodies like chicken laps Women wailing and men crying Laying helplessly in my blood bath thinking about the people I massacred silently praying for a time reverse I swear I would not jazz […]
Welcome to the Season 3 of your most romantic journal, Talking L.O.V.E with His Royal Lovjesty. By popular demand this volume is a little bigger and I hope Oga Anthony the most humble guy in Abuja and our CEO will permit the space. First of all let us look at some mean definitions of love: […]
The era of deux ex machina Is a myth, so we hear; But we dare to dream While we wait for the right nigger 60, 70, 80, . . . 180 million elements Lost in a haze of chants About the right nigger; The one who can sew multiple commonsenses Into one fine-looking […]
Man’s fate would lay engrossed in merging an impressive work of art called ‘DESTINY’. The road would comprise thorns the size of pumpkins. Alongside pumpkins, the texture of fine linen. I wondered how the two fit. The work of crocheting this destiny was stolen from its founder, the man seated on the golden seat! He […]
By now, the driver is rally racing taking corners and bends at a professional speed but nobody seems to mind. Actually, it is as if they are urging him on, probably to get to their place of work on time at least. The book holds her attention like magnet and soon she has lost […]
As Aristotle puts, “literature is an imitation of not just nature but of life”. This is because it mirrors everything man undergoes in life. In line with this, Austin and Warren (1949) views literature as a social institution which has the primary function of reflecting happenings in society. This social function according to literary scholars […]
Xena the Warrior Princess was drunk with rage yet cloaked in her usual stern black outfit. Lost in thoughts, she was furious at Hercules’ constant philandering ways and the embarassment he caused her by chasing lowly maidens. While stomping her way up Mount Olympus to visit her father-in-law she thought of suitable punishment such as […]
Play me the Drum Play me the drums, the ancient drum. The drums that the warriors of old played. the drums that sends joy through the spine of our elders and make them laugh-out-loud. Play me the drums The Drums that brings out the women from their kitchen hut and make the divas […]
If Eve wasn’t created I wonder how lonely he would wander As a cloud over a moving train. Leaving a message for the traveler, Wrapped in an envelope of rain. If Eve wasn’t carved from his ribs, I wonder how formed his body would be. Flying over mighty vales and hills And dining […]
If there’s nothing to wish away in you, Then, there’s something to pick from you. Perhaps, something that’s not lost in the whiteness of your teeth, In the lines of your palm, In the smoothness of your skin, In the tan of your colour, In the strands of your hair. If there’s always something […]
Akinyele, lineage of the missionaries, From whom we borrowed teachings of prayers; Kneel, perhaps, kowtow, send your eyes into darkness. To whom shall we wail to? That eyes we sent to darkness in prayers, returned. Returned, unto our land, intruders rule as kings. Akinyele, son of bastardism, To whom shall we tell? That our […]
Now that the silver bell had toll and heard And the golden arrow well stuck in our hearts Our honeymoon starts tonight to live forever On and on … this love of ours … together Lord we pray for the strength of sacrifice Year after year … this night forever at any price Shall […]
My restless voice of peace Now the mutilated hope of the hopeless the running ruin of homes the father of many sorrows this!!! they have turned me into. Against my will I’ve killed My nature that nurture now torture No more home to the homeless Nor hope to the hopeless for I now bear […]
The wind speaks to me to stay And rest my trembling feet Soon, my troubles will find its way Even if it’s legions in fleet For trouble has no sitting patience It’s only men that do But men relay a victim’s radiance By this knowledge trouble pursues So listen you too […]
You taught me to crawl into your chest With songs in my tongue and life in my palms, You taught me to carry fires in my eyes with magical flames on my cheeks like an elixir For when I reach at the threshold of your heart I should knock gently with the hands of my […]
Deep down the cubicle of my mind the deepest part of my world I seem trapped in my thought, mind and word trapped in my flesh by what I was told. In a place of darkness I am held captive In a world of no essence I am getting old an abyss of depression […]
Recalling his bid, my heart cries. Goodbye, a poison that dries. His sweet promises, shattered Like salt, dissolve in the rain. Love, a precious sweet feeling, Or a deceitful dreadful fill-in. Love, a drip to heart, Love, a poison to heart. His smile, a friendly killer, Heartbreaker, a love trader Lost was his […]
The once lit room became blind-dark. He pushed his frame through the darkness, dragging his feet on the floor as though to grab attention. Near the bed, he landed his bony frame on the hay-built mattress. Though not less than seven years of age, it still looked as fresh as ripe tomatoes. He pushed his […]
Jacinta had done nothing but take off her pair of high heels when the door bell rang. She thought it was her imagination playing tricks on her mind, when it rang for the second and third time. “Who could be this nice to pay a visit after all that had happened to her these past […]
The literary enterprise is a network of activities that spans through time and space. For the purpose of this essay we would classify these activities into two broad domains: The compositional domain and the analytical domain. While the compositional domain deals with the creative process that translates into all the genres available for literary appreciation, […]
It is the year 2030 in second world Nigeria. 280 aspiring Senators and Representatives for the National Assembly have successfully passed the three-hour webinar and Skype interview on eight core modules namely Basic Sciences, Current Affairs, Legal Studies, Poverty Mitigation Techniques, Household Ecology of Financial Regression, Sustainable Financial Management and Control, Investment Appraisal, Communication and […]
The Major in charge of the army cantonment believes every man is responsible for his actions but today he seemed to see reasons with the officer’s wives when they blame it on Mama Betu, that she uses charm in her local Brew. The women carrying placards march to the major’s office in protest for the […]
Love is everything but the question is, “What exactly is love and whatever is everything?” The search simply begins from here; this peep into literature: Love is all light in an emotional affair that betrays the principle of mental objectivity. At the same time emotional love of the heart still demands and is entitled […]
Totally exhausted after a long day, I dragged myself all the way up to the third floor of Block 1, Awolowo Hall. I perceived the scent of dried-up urine mixed with the stink of soapy mud water. I overheard the ranting of excited Awo boys as they played aro* on an innocent girl passing by. […]
The ‘not slave’ rain hundred black coffins For hundreds of dark days Four hundred black bodies fill up a black case See you praying to God but what will help is the pain tears the land with your cry and dry up after this rain They will, and not may Eyes glow like burnt clay […]
I’m a lonely street boy Just a boy around the corner In shambles with my shabby shoe To where ever it leads me to With my big conspicuous coat defending me from any weather I’m just a lonely street boy I devour any junks, just to feed my stomach’s worms When night comes, I rest […]
Suppose the sun has departed so soon, Why not enjoy the glowing evening moon? For there appears to be a woeful wreck, Why not redeem your lovely souls on deck? Suppose the sun would not for once return, Towards Selene, why not attempt a turn? For both of you to be without remorse For embarking […]
Don’t drive me crazy With your actions Don’t make me stupid With your words I have fought wars With my hands I worked well With this heart of mine Now there is no sequence From this heart to my brain My vessels no longer understand quiet For trouble has taken over my veins I bathed […]
“Get out of my life!” He yelled, “you are the reason for all the bad luck in my life!” This has been ongoing for some time now. He no longer had interest in his wife because of the pleasures he derived from outside his matrimony. His wife cried and pleaded several times but to no […]
FADILA was having a tough time finding a parking spot somewhere near the Cathedral despite her early arrival. Weaving through intense traffic, she marveled at the number of motorists who forgot their palms on their car horns. In the absence of good and available health in such zones, surely, it couldn’t hurt to act humane […]
Love is like unto the ascent of a high mountain peak. It comes ever nearer to you as you go ever nearer to it – Lao Russell, Code of Ethics. Love is affection based on admiration, benevolence or common interests. Love is a warm attachment. It is unselfish, loyal and shows benevolent concern for the […]
Walking down a street in Shaki I met Miss Spices Her skin was so enticing Her eyes were inviting And her aura was captivating I thought her fantastic She fed me her spices They teased my senses Hmmm…..so tasty I asked her secret What gives a taste so priceless She told me in whispers The […]
A barren voice in a lonely body A broken heart in a heavy chest A soul starved of hope Yes, I’ve been there before When joy runs out of one’s life And invites its forbidden twin When sorrows become ones only companion When friendship smells like decaying body When the world becomes the shells of […]
I heard the sound hovering round my head It hits me like a rumbling sea storm I felt like I had magic I felt like I were a goddess What is this thing that aches me? What is this I thirst for? What is this I hear? Why, why can’t I see you? Why appear […]
Your Body Is a conglomeration Of fire, sparks and lightening They bring strength Into the piece Of steel Lying piece of meat In between man’s leg The sight Of your squishy breasts Is haunting I wish to dwell On their terraces Forever Your hips Are the aftermath Of an alcohol fest -hangover May your thigh […]
Hairy So dirty and filthy Moving in the still gloomy night Jumping in and out of dustbins Fishing for leftovers You take a bite of anything in your path At night while I ponder Life and question The Maker’s existence You stray into my path I stumble at first glance Then I look at you […]
The recent and viral article titled “A self-Deceiving Country Called Nigeria” by Muhammad Kabir Aliyu, Mni, which chronicled the self-bequeathed opulence of collective testament by politicians in Nigeria, brings to mind Olafioye’s The parliament of idiot: The Tryst of the sinators, published in this regards many years ago. As a collection that criss-cross the mood […]
Bimpe carried two heavy grocery bags into the house. She dumped both bags on the kitchen sink. Thirsty, she drank cold water from the refrigerator. The house was still messy. No clean-up had been done. Maybe Kelvin has been up tosomething else or he is in one of those moods of his that keeps him […]
Bleaker nights gently fade away Upon th’ mountain chest And th’ beautiful days gladly vacate O’er th’ soundless clapping waters A sweet hymn simmers right th’ window side Amid a greener landscape Down an ageless colorful foliage As a grey folk wakes to solitude. Ah! Where hath mi wondrous singer wander? O, mi little humming […]
I saw my daughter sketch my writing desk, The desk was without me, The desk was me. Life’s an empty desk. Ogunranti Oladimeji Ayodele (Oládélé Ayò Qasoomah) was born in Lagos Nigeria and currently studying English language in Obafemi Awolowo university Ile Ife. he Writes in English language, Yoruba and Nigerian pidgin English.
Broken Dreams Are the dried bones Of young boys Lying inhumed Six-feet beneath They are the lofty illusions Of blooming flowers Of a scavenger Who was thrown out of college For daring to confront his professor They are the hot tears That trickled Down the cheeks of the dead girl’s mother – She wanted to […]
You made me think it is impossible to leave you; And made me believe you are a necessary evil. It was you who gave me a mixed feeling to tell; A feeling delight as heaven, yet, agonising as hell. It was you, who for all these years, enslaved me. And gradually killed the sexual Samson […]
My lover whispered words I didn’t understand— She said her love lies on the road of my palms Each, a conception of loyalty. But, the road built on the aisle of my palms Are only a labyrinth of unconnected loss. She said she would unite my broken bones Like the veins intertwined on my palms. […]
Whoooshh!! He swept past Quick as lightening Leaving a trail of wreckage, in his wake Pieces of my heart lay on the path he trod Would that I had held on much tighter I am left with a memory that is a blur Like he was never really here But my heart knows better The […]
Love … love … love … enter true love… Love as a concept has remained an elusive enigma. From the diamond blue colour of the Mediterranean to the emerald green stones in our wedding rings, love has continued being a relative concept from person to person. Rather expectedly, true love as a concept has not […]
Is that what I truly am to you? A property of yours, An object subject to your control, A thing at your beck and call… Something that has no feelings Object of little or no significance, Is that what I truly am? It’s no fault of yours. I should not have welcomed Cupid Or even […]
Behind the smile! Is a woman that fought battles, stabbed in the back, undergone so many pains, betrayed by friends and loved ones, been through worst situations, fallen countless times, tasted the meaning of deceit, but determined to make it. Determined to meet up with her peers, And standing tall against all odds Making it […]
Let me write you a letter my to-be lover, Let me make it as sweet as honeyed pizza, Let me tell you how much you mean to me, Let me tell you how you’re my one and only. Oh! My to-be lover, please do not forget I’m still waiting But take your time, pass through […]
They want her to be hung like a star in a corner of sky where she can be forgotten about to be tamed like an animal, but she is a child born of the moon; she is wild, fierce, and independent freed of their expectations of her she shines with her own light and dreams— […]
It is yet cock crow, yet my eyes are as alive as a security dog My mind wouldn’t set me free Yesterday, madam was away, I became a punching bag to master… Well, my face was spared but certainly not where my thighs meet And his leg; that which grows tall and short in seconds […]
Crisis of leadership has been seen in many parts of the world as a two dimensional problems but while attention has often been placed by literary scholars on the part that implicates the detachment of leaders from the masses as the cause of leadership failure, little efforts exist on how the oppressed can affect leadership […]
Feigning slumber, Baby watched her Senator walk into the room grinning like a little boy lost in a candy shop. She knew what those smiles signified for she had intentionally lain provocatively to reclaim tax to fix her rent, procure a new car and an exotic holiday somewhere. Mulling over efforts she had spent in […]
Come to me… Those sun bright smiles The fire in your eyes The gentleness of your touch Your feather soft reach Lure me into your soul-rich. Come to me… Again the caress of your words And the many more you do… When you truly do as you did Welcome me back … Where I truly […]
It was one of those evenings when things just crawl in your nerves. I had just returned from that collection of broken chairs called my office and I was about taking off my rags when I heard a single knock like a shot on the door. The number out there did not wait a minute […]
My dear heart, you were born pure and unique, Little did you know you would cross paths with uncertainties. You tried to grow so quickly and raced further at every stop Even with those sweat shed, you still glowed in the dark My dear heart would you ever relent in your pace? Most times you beat […]
Where Lights were lit Where rains watered Our place of birth Oh how it has dwindled so We sang songs of its glory We spread tales of its wonders We bathed in its waters We drew lives to it Oh how it has dwindled so Its glory is faded Like the rains of a season […]
Daddy is drunk again. When I opened the door for him today, he embraced me firmly with his large arms. So firm that I lost breath for some seconds. He pulled away from me abruptly as he fixed his gaze on my head. He gently stroked my hair and told me how magnificent my new […]
Only God knows why things happen as they do. Why love that started on a beautiful candle lit dinners end in court or even acid bath and murder. What happens between the time that beautiful love canvas was painted and the time the claw bursts? Sometimes, the bubble lasts through the wedding. Now nobody ever […]
The pair of shoes by the glass window. The Red of excitement, Shimmering like the moon With heels made right She gazed with a smile “This, for valentine, I want.” She, at womanhood’s cusp Where vanity holds tight And peers influence To illumination’s abode. Her hopes and dreams, she ponders, “This, for valentine, I want.” […]
I was asleep when a loud noise woke me up. Immediately I opened my eyes, the power went out. I tried reaching for my phone to put on its flashlight but had forgotten where I left it. I guess I left it in the sitting Room. I rested my head back on my pillow when […]
Yours is… The only face I see … The only body I feel The only eyes I adore… The only arms I long for… The only love I desire… The only thread I am wired in… The only plug I am fired in.… The only hair I touch… The only kiss I cherish… The only […]
It is dark And darkness shields all things evil It shields his hands His groping and hurtful hands I feel fear, gut wrenching Seeping into my skin and what lies underneath I hear the shallow and rapid beatings of my heart I ask a question knowing there would be no answer What is this? I […]
The Nobel Prize for Literature has been the Oscar of the literary world, or perhaps arguably so. It has remained the prestigious height of literary excellence since 1901 and has since built a reputation that precedes its annual declaration of a Nobel Laureate.The declaration of Bob Dylan as the 2016 Laureate came as a surprise […]
I don’t know how I loved you this way, But I wish to forget you badly, Rolling back to the day I met you, Your calm words kept my heart racing I wish I had dropped my pride earlier. Would it have changed the game? Would you look into my eyes again? Whispering that you […]
Under the bridge, she waits, Arm outstretched for a bus He stands all tucked in with sweat stained armpits The glazed look in their eyes, Like a Hen pecking an unyielding floor In the bus, listlessly they sit, Staring at nothingness. Strangers they were And strangers they would remain. The heat was no stranger Neither […]
With eyes wildly dilated and fingers obliviously scratching “Revelations 20” in the open Bible on the pew in front of me, I listened in terror to the prophecy of doom told by Sir Nelson in Sunday school. I was only seven and had never been as terrified. “God said to them ‘Depart from me…” The […]
The night was misty and cold. Sounds of sadness and gloom echoed through the wind with quick reverberation. A stench hung over the air, a strong stench. It was that of death. It had become more like a fragrance to me than a stench, Being so used to the familiar occurrence of the passing unto […]
In some far places, In the remote outworld; I mean, in some distant lands! Far from modern gadgets! Far from being rescued, is their thoughts! Far away from hope, is their daily brooding! Striving for their daily Bread from nothing! Far from having choices! Eating whatever hardly comes their way; humans, Children! Tetterdemalions! Who are […]
The name Unique certainly is Unique She’s a beautiful girl, average in height. She’s eighteen with charming hips and an attractive body shape. She’s the only female child, with two elder brothers, Borno and Gim, who are unduly protective. They always tell her how life is in the World and how difficult and frustrating it […]
I can hear it again. These voices, like the sound of a thousand children crying, for help? for hope? I’m not sure what it is. could it be there is famine, a plague in the land or war? Why am I hearing these strange voices? It seems they are calling out to me for help. […]
For my 46th birthday, my daughter gave me something I didn’t expect – she told me she wanted to become an artist. My initial reaction was a brutally disproportionate rant that can be summarized as, “I can’t believe after all the expensive education you’re getting, you have the nerve to tell me you want to […]
He soon arrives at his destination on the other side of the river The culmination of a journey not bargained for He stands on the edge of the water, looking downstream For it is higher ground on his side of the river He watches his mother and siblings yonder His heart bleeds for he knows […]
This is why you need a website. You’ve written your book. You’ve published it. Congratulations! So…what’s next? If you’re like many authors, you want to start selling it. But it’s not enough to just make it available for sale and cross your fingers. After all, you have a lot of competition out there. And while […]
The very first novel I, aged 20-something, wrote, is unpublished and will stay that way. An ensemble coming-of-age story of four teenagers, its weaknesses are legion: tame story line, thin action, unimaginatively rendered settings, hackneyed themes (though I will say the dialogue wasn’t bad). Having now published seven novels, I look back on that manuscript […]
If you want to write a short story, here are five steps to help you get started: 1. Read Short Stories Real writers read, and as Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” If you’ve never read a short story, you’re going to have a difficult […]
If you are writing a poem because you want to capture a feeling that you experienced, then you don’t need these tips. Just write whatever feels right. Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds. If, however, your goal is to communicate with a […]
What was growing up like, being born to a soldier father?
I was quite small when my daddy left the army. I recall seeing him in uniform only once. We never quite lived the ‘barracks’ life but the soldier in him never left. He was a strict disciplinarian.
How long have you been writing?
Unofficially, since my teens. Officially, I would say since 1998, though I only just published my first work in 2014.
What are those themes in the society that catch your interest as a writer?
Women in desperate situations, vulnerable children, grass to grace situations. I believe in happy endings. I call myself an advocate for women and children; I hate to see children suffer.
That means your writings are basically comedy; ending happily?
No. I suppose you have read The Break, Onion Tears and Momster? None of my stories are comedy. What I mean by happy endings is that I take my characters from grass through to when they end up as successful or as heroes.
What does writing mean to you?
Writing is my life…when happy, sad l write. When I have things bothering my mind, until I write them down, peace somehow eludes me.
Having identified your passion for reading and writing, why did you study Laboratory Technology?
When I was in Secondary School, it was common place to see brilliant kids in the science class. My parents wanted me to either become a doctor, pharmacist or an engineer. That was their definition of “a success” I ended up a scientist to please them but I knew where my passion laid.
Afterwards, did you take up a professional degree or course in Writing/Literature?
Yes, one or two short writing courses here and there. But basically, my writing stems from my insides. I have read over 200 novels, at the risk of sounding immodest.
I guess it’s a whole lot more if I pause to actually count. I love to read, and as I read, I learn also. I have also vested a lot in books that teach creative writing, grammar, and composition.
Besides writing, what else do you do?
I’ve been a Sales Marketing Executive for years. I still consult in that capacity.
You’re an author of My Friend The Returnee, how do you keep your inspiration to complete a book?
Like I said before, my stories are about grass to grace situations and my desire to see the outcome turn out well is all the inspiration that I need. Often times, I begin the story with an end in mind, so necessity now behoves me to work my characters and scenarios towards getting to that expected end.
So what challenges have you faced in getting published?
It is difficult getting publishers to work with you as a budding writer. I have personally funded my works so far, which ought not to be so. My initial intentions had been to write to fulfill my long time passion. I never factored in the costs I’ve incurred so far in the course of pursuing the said passion. But each time someone reads any of my books and tells me how much inspiration was derived, I am happy and say to myself, “It was worth it afterall!”
What fears do you struggle with in your writing career?
The fear of not turning out an interesting read is every writer’s dilemma. There’s also the fear of not having an impactful influence with your works. I believe every writer is on a mission to influence, no matter how little.
Okay, so would you say Writing is a lucrative discipline for one to enter full time?
There are factors to consider especially in a society like ours, however all things being equal, I would advise that the intending writer does so, first for the love of the profession. That way, money or not, you will not give up.
Do you feel fulfilled being a writer?
Yes and no. I believe better days are coming.
Can you tell us the significance of your book title “Onion Tears” to the storyline?
Onion Tears was inspired by the stories of three different women, mine inclusive. As you would have noticed, the story revolves around a polygamous setting and the neglect that a part of the family had to suffer (in silence) as a result.
Mama Stella depicts the many women in abusive marriages all around us who would rather stay in the marriage and endure all forms of maltreatment and/or abuse, in the name of doing so for the sake of their children. They would rather claim it is “Onion Tears” to their children instead of opening up to their children about the pains and emotional trauma they suffer.
When was the fiction “Momster”, published and what inspired you to write it?
Momster and Onion Tears were published by Acacia Publishers this year. I was inspired to write Momster after listening to the story of three different women who grew up around the same time I did. Parents then errored lots in the name of upbringing and discipline. I for one, was a victim of much verbal and emotional abuse in the course of growing up, so listening to them recount their experiences took me down memory lane and so Momster was born. I had earlier used the working title “Child Interrupted” but changed it later on to Momster.
It is a wake up call to parents of today, in bringing them face to face with realities present in our society of child abuse, which is not necessarily sexual abuse alone. Gather five people together today who were raised in the 70s – 90s and three out of them will have almost identical encounters that you could almost think that all parents attended one school or perhaps, were taught by one person. And much of what they called discipline or upbringing in those days were just plain cruelty.
Momster is a cry as well, to parents of today (many of whom suffer what I did) that we ought to be better and not necessarily follow after the mould of our forbearers.
How can one get your books? Any link?
My books are on Amazon and lulu.com for now. You can buy any of my three eBooks (The Break, Onion Tears and Momster) just by typing the title.