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Currently Reading: Fragments In A Closet by Daisy Odey

‘Through the eye of a gun, every man is a country..(Peacemaker)

I read poems from FRAGMENTS IN A CLOSET by Daisy Odey at Maitama Amusement Park yesterday.
I was under breezy trees, amidst bright flowers and in warm sunlight.

You hold the sun in your mouth,
and tell me the taste of light..(Tourist)

Do not be fooled
by their fragrance
they come with thorns.(Broke)

I was my mother’s daughter before I wore my father’s name.(Feminist)

I haven’t read from this chapbook since I left Kaduna some months back. Rereading poems help unearth new dimensions and treasures.

I’ve been in Abuja since last week for my Call to Bar Screening. As I type this I’m preparing to head out to the Supreme Court to continue the screening process. I carried this poetry chapbook with me. Hopefully, if I meet up with Daisy Odey today she will autograph this complimentary copy she gave me at its YELF Book Chat.

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.

Reading Update: Anxiety and Things that Shatter by Samuel Adeyemi

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This poetry collection is divided into three parts; Part I-Anxiety, Part II- Shatter, Part III- Rehab.

I’m currently reading poems under Anxiety. Did I say wow when I introduced this poetry collection here? Wow!

The imagery is animated and alive!

like silk turbans possessed/

by a sandstorm

Dancers

The tone of the poems here are anxious, reflective, often fast paced.

You hold me like an anchor,
like suicide ropes hold their beloved
without fear for the soul sleeping silently within.
And this soul rests like rosewater

• • •

Your words strike me like a knife in my chest
dragged up to my throat,
stuck underneath my chin,
but yet all I bleed is indecision

Voice

This excerpt from What Doesn’t Kill You, made me respectfully pause and click my fingers;

Sometimes what doesn’t kill you
let’s you live
to watch a part of you die.

There are some poems I will reread another day to decipher. But so far I’m enjoying how some unexpected or mundane experiences are painted.

And the neighbour’s child said
she sprinkled sugar on her bed sheets
because she wanted to have sweet dreams.

-Dreams/Reality

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My Book Date at Keke Kafe, AUN Yola.

I enjoy going on food dates alone with my books. See where I visited this time!

Sunday evening I visited Keke Kafe at the American University of Nigeria, Club House in Yola, Adamawa.

I was pleasantly surprised with the artistic beauty of the Keke Kafe.

American University of Nigeria Club House

I needed a different space to study. So I pack up my Criminal Litigation textbook, study and draft book and took a walk to the Clubhouse which is opposite my Law School campus. I was pleasantly surprised with the artistic beauty of the Keke Kafe.
Its decor was reminiscent of Lagos. But then yellow kekes(tricycles) are the largest means of public transport in Yola.

I ate delicious (but dry) rich, chocolate cake at Keke Kafe. My Chalet mate recommended the cake. They also sell coffee and other pastries. I ate pizza and studied Charges afterwards by the poolside.

I’d postponed going to go eat pizza at AUN since I arrived at Yola. I’m at this phase where I’m comfortable knowing I met my saving goals for an experience or thing and then not doing or getting it. Who else has experienced this?

I swung first at the children swing set.


Thanks for reading Gem! I do hope you find time to visit a cafe or restaurant alone with your current read in an artistic and chill ambience and relax.