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.
I’ve been reading my copy of Ake Review, Volume 6, 2019 this pre-Christmas weekend under twinkling Christmas lights. I’ve been mentally fatigued and disinterested in reading. But short fiction and poetry exploring #BlackBodiesGreyMatter are giving me life amongst other things.
Some lies are necessary to keep the work rotating, necessary to keep from going mad, necessary. However, the lies we tell ourselves to keep from going mad are the very ones that make us go mad.
-The Landscape of Tally, An Inheritance by Tobi Afolabi
Shout-out to Ake Festival Team and Molara Wood for this volume. Tsitsi Dangarembga (whose Aké Life and Times Interview I wrote a blog review of) is truthful, brave in her Feature. I loved Molara Wood’s questions. Iconic really.
That which is traumatized is that which has been unable to prevent the trauma. In other words trauma occurs in conditions of powerlessness.
The Landscape of Tally; An Inheritance by my girl Tobi Afolabi, An Oak Tree Dies Slowly by Ani Kayode Somotochukwu are BRILLIANT!
Standing under the burning sun. They taught us how to fit into our bodies.
-An Oak Tree Dies Slowly
Happy Holidays Gem 🥳
‘All I want for Christmas is colorful love and to be alive’.Want For Christmas © Amethyst Saw
Click to download these Christmas Bookish Wallpaper photographed, edited and curated by me.
Happy holidays Gem.