Its been a revealing but accomplished week for me and my loved ones.
How was your week Gem?
This was another week of rigorous studying and lectures at Law School. I fell ill on Thursday but I’m on medication and improving. My partner, friends and family were quite supportive. And I’m genuinely grateful to have people in my life (physical and online) who support, care and love me.
This week I concluded Desert Rose, an extended version of the poem I wrote for Humphrey Ominisan Photography Desert Rose Editorial. It was difficult to write at some point. It’s a love letter, praising the magnificence of an African woman without alluding to pain, struggles or societal construct. A woman is enough as she is, a human also. I can’t wait to share with you after its publication!
Books and Reading
I didn’t read any paperback. Online short fiction through blog hopping were my reads for this week. Although, my Mum received some book mail for me in Lagos. Which she will courier to Yola. Big shout out to Alaroro Books and Penthusia Media! Oh yh, I bought a few things I’ve wanted to get. *drumroll* She Called Me Woman, an anthology of queer Nigerian women; three ebooks from Reina Farine; a new shampoo packed with vitamins and proteins, Vo5 Strawberry and Cream Shampoo; and a yummy Pineapple Body Mist; plus chocolates!!!
I’ve been drafting some book reviews I’m eager to share. I also posted a ‘welcome to 2019 vlog’ on my booktube. So check it out. Hope you’ve been reading the lust notes and sunrise stories I’ve published this week. Catch up o! Newer stories are coming.
‘Scum has no gender’- Rasaq
‘Seen and Duly discarded’-Munkeng
Your morality shouldn’t exist in the body of a woman.’-Olutimehin
This week I was so happy to see my close friends pull through dark times, sickness, depression and self-doubt. I was delighted my daily calls and texts of love, positive affirmations, pictures, videos and little gifts I shared helped. Above are some of my favourite quotes from some of them. Munkeng’s quote is my new response to every sexist advice I’m given. Also my bookie love, Lara Kareem launched her online store, Book Gloves (book sleeves made in Nigeria with lush African print fabrics). Check out Book Gloves and pre-order.
Check on your friends regularly. Compliment their best qualities, advice them, admonish their wrongs, give them gifts. Simply listen other times. Fight internet trolls if need be!
New Writers I Discovered
I’m really excited to share my January Spotlight Read with you. But until I do, let’s talk about fiction writers I discovered this week. I found Tajmao, who runs a creative writing blog and writes horror. I also discovered Kelechi Dozie who has profound free verse poetry on his creative writing blog.
I’m spending this weekend taking my medication, staying away from negative energy, studying, writing and resting.
Cheers to the remaining five days of January!