Bookie Life

Bookie. Book lover. Reader. Writer. Bibliophile. This category has posts that share tips and my musings about that bookie life. Starting a reading habit? You’ll find some useful advice here!

2020

Great have you with me in 2020 Gem. Cheers to a new decade!


Click to see my 2019 Recap

Last book I got (as a gift from my Aunt) in 2019

Over 6,300 blog visits
• Published my first book, Stab Love With Flower Stalks
• Blogged flash stories, book reviews, opinion pieces, reading updates while at the Nigerian Law School.
• Read over 150 topics, Graduated Law School (2nd Class Upper) and got Called to Nigerian Bar.
• Content Creator for AkeFest19 and KabaFest19
• Performed 6 flash stories at Temmie Ovwasa Unleashed (I owe y’all videos and a review, forgive me!)
• Did a travel journal that kept you updated on my time at Yola, Abuja, Kaduna, Abia.

• Opened a Twitter account to share sex positivity; repost lit stories, poems and informative articles and more. I live tweeted for 2 literary festivals.

•Attended 3 literary festivals, ALitFest19 included.
• Photography skills improved tremendously.
• Promoted 2 books published by my friends and shouted out other creatives.
• Made new friends and expanded my network of creatives.

• Didn’t publish about 6 book reviews. Was too busy to participate in writing contests. Battled with anxiety that affected my Bookstagram consistency. Didn’t buy so many new books as I’d have liked. Low sales of my book. (check out #stablovewithflowerstalks on #okadabooks and BUY!)


Thank you for reading and making my 2019 spectacular Gem. I look forward to all the creative fun we’ll have this year.

Bookie Life Update: 26.11.19 My Call to Bar Ceremony

On 26th November 2019 at the Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja I was called to the Bar.🥳 Your Gem was called to the Nigerian Bar with distinctions. Yh, this bookie knows small book.🥳
On 27th I enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Barrister and Solicitor.

‘Everyone has their time. Yours will come into itself when it should. Be patient and proactive.’

Words my Mum told me over 6 years ago when my educational career took unexpected detours. My life generally has been a journey that keeps surprising me. I’m grateful for the many people, experiences and books I’ve met along the way.

Thank you for accompanying my adventures and enjoying my content as I juggled Law School at Yola. I appreciate your support Gem.

I encourage you not to give up. Cheers to new beginnings🥂

Throwback

Remember, time rewards consistency.

27 Nov 2018 I flew out of Lagos to resume at Yola Law School Campus.

First day at Nigerian Law School, Yola. A senior colleague and namesake who graduated from Yola said I should make history. I guess I did.


Thank for reading and your well wishes.

My Book Date at The Cube Cafe, Abuja with Caramel

What do I love more than books, colours, nature and cute little things? Hanging out with a Gem at a book-filled cafe nestled in a garden and colorful Maitama amusement park.

Sunset Cube Album features sunset glow pictures from my hang out with Fatima at The Cube, Maitama Abuja. I met Fatima, my Caramel at ALitFest19 back in June. She attended AkeFest19 and we had a fabuously, fun time and shoot at the Art Gallery. It was immense fun to hang out with her while in Abuja doing my Call to Bar Screening.

Caramel and I(Glow baby) had honest and intimate conversations on our envisioned future, AkeFest19, The Cube, NYSC, current reads, queerness and the pictures we took haha)

The Cube has a gorgeous garden outside with flowers, young trees, shrubs, ferns, potted succulents, wooden benches, Ankara aesthetics and more.

Inside is cozy with wide range of books you can read. You can read, write and code here all afternoon! Their menu has hot & cold beverages (N1,200 upwards no VAT) and snacks.

We ordered pineapple juice (N1,500 each)

Dope playlist ✔️ Anyone can play their music for the cafe.

Free WiFi ✔️

Polite staff ✔️

Relaxing ambience ✔️

Gorgeous Decor ✔️

I looovveee the dark art/massive chalk inscribed board, books, African fabrics, book filled decor honestly.

The cute sugar pot

Books can break sugar pots y’all! I wanted to take pictures of books Fatima brought with her. The books fell on their backs and pushed the sugar pot off table. It broke and I felt so terrible. I kept saying, ‘I’m sorry but too poor to buy a new one’.🥺 The lady attending to us swept up the mess. I didn’t have to pay for it. I felt so terrible because it was so cute. Fatima made a video, it’s on my Instagram. Please don’t break anything when you visit.

Thanks Gem for looking through our Caramel x Glow Baby Sunset Cube Album and review of The Cube Café.

Bookie Life Update: Corper Shaun!

Guess who is serving her National Youth Service Corps at Abia State?

I’m a Sworn-In Corp member, Platoon 5 of the Batch C Stream 1 at Abia Permanent NYSC Camp at Umunna Bende L.G.A, Abia State (Eastern part of Nigeria). I laughed so hard when I saw my deployment to my father’s state of origin. Camp has been an different experience. It’s a regimented space with a lot of physical activities, drills and parades and lectures. My day here starts with Morning Mediation and P.E at 5am, Lectures from midmorning until lunch and siesta, Parade and Drills from 4pm to 6pm with Lights out 10pm.

I’m certain my thunder thighs can break coconuts!

A road in Bende Local Government Area

I packed some books to read but haven’t had reading time. I picked up Karamo, My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope Friday night. I’m currently reading it and loving how Karamo narrates his childhood and how being different influenced him. I’m reading a chapter ‘Pain of Colorism’ on black men.

I volunteered to join the Orientation Broadcasting Service (Campus Radio station, Event Hosting, News, Sound and technical Engineering and Social Media) Within 2 days of joining I opened a new Twitter account, created a Social media Team of Corp Members who take pictures, edit, caption, Instagram(@abianysc) and Live Tweet(@abia_nysc) various events on the camp. It’s been fun but stressful work coordinating social media. The PRO and State Coordinator love my Team and I’s work. Coordinating Social Media is the most fun work I get to do on camp. I did Twitter engagement for Aké Festival 2019 Content Media Team. Doing it at camp brings me some familiar comfort in this new space.

P.E outfit worn everytime on camp

NYSC ceremonial wear

I’m leaving Orientation Camp for my Call to Bar Screening and Ceremony at Abuja. Yep, I got a Second Class Upper in my Bar Finals result! 📯🎺🥁🥳
All my hardwork at Nigerian Law School, Yola campus paid off! I’m immensely grateful to; my support squad, God, She has been incredible, and my readers. You Gems always read my blog inspite of the irregular post schedule. Time for celebration!

Thank you for reading my stories and reviews the past year.