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!

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.

Lagos Bound

Bookie Life Update!

Currently

I’m back in Lagos! As the plane glided towards MMA2 Lagos looked like an architect model of buildings and green but with moving, tiny toy-like vehicles and double parking!

Immediately I arrived I visited Ouida House to pick up a book I’d paid for, How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes by Ashley Lister. ‘Read books on writing’, Oyinkan Brathwaite, author of My Sister, The Serial Killer advised while sharing insights on getting published at her booklogue at the festival.

KabaFest

My #KabaFest19 content media job was time consuming, fun and educative. Kabafest trended No.1 on Twitter and No.53 in Nigeria. We’re still getting shout-outs for an immerse virtual experience. It was wonderful working with the team, crew and guests.

I spent an extra week in Kaduna with family, friends and my muse. Being extremely busy documenting the festival, I didn’t have time to do blog updates. Thanks to everyone who followed me and Kaduna Book and Arts Festival on Twitter and Instagram and was immersed in the illuminating experience. If you’d like to experience more watch the live streams here..

Welcome to the new week Gem!

Bookie Life Update

My Bar Finals Exams are over! I can now stop romancing Law School textbooks. It’s been an intense journey from November 2018, studying at the Nigerian Law school for a Bachelor at Law(B.L) and enrollment into the Nigerian Bar. All that’s left are results and Call.

Gosh! My boundless gratitude can submerge the Atlantic.

I’m going to rest and rejuvenate. Next week I’d begin sharing book reviews and more.

I picked up Logan Feburary’s In The Nude yesterday evening. Finally! I’m so excited to read one of my favourite poet’s first and widely commended, full length poetry collection. I mean, read the amazing mini review by PageBookStore above!

The titles of the poems, the rhythm, their pulling depth and intimate imagery…wow. I’ll share a reading update later in the weekend.

Do you have a weekend read? Tell me little about it.