Nigerian Literature

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.

Book Cover Reveal of TJ Benson’s ‘The Madhouse’ from Masobe Books

TJ Benson has a novel, The Madhouse, being published in 2020 by Masobe Books. Huge congratulations to TJ🎉

The Madhouse vibrant, mysterious book cover was revealed on Twitter earlier this week. Its stunning art. I can’t wait to read, photograph and review it!

Book Cover Designer: Anderson Oriahi (Brand Consultant, ZBM.

Fun Fact: The Madhouse is (geographical) set in Kaduna state, Nigeria. A calm place I’ve visited a couple of times. I worked with KabaFest (Kaduna Book and Arts Festival 2019) in September. Grateful I met my Queen there. I have family and friends there and absolutely love Kaduna. The book cover reminds me of how the Kaduna weather can switch from bright and sunny to cold and rainy. Books set in none mainstream Nigerian cities, towns or states always excite me.

Book Blurb
The Madhouse chronicles the lives of an unorthodox couple; a young woman, her husband and two children, and an abandoned house which becomes both a place of refuge and a place of torment for them. This richly-written and dreamscape-y novel spans the military regimes of Nigeria in the eighties to the present.

(Culled from their Twitter account)

Visit Masobe Books for more information of book launch dates, book reading events, and more

ORITSESHEMAYE

Laying in the dark I blink at nostalgia and reflections of headlights. Cool breeze and silver shadows ruffle my parted curtains. Warm, serenading whispers stroke my ear. I close my brown eyes and feel you kiss my earlobe. ‘Shemaye’ I moan into my phone. Your whispers promise, ‘the Block Party’s Bole and Fish sauce will taste like the Calabar one we ate in December. It’ll be a delicious dinner’. My soft fingers caress my plum labia and erect clit. Pleasure floats up to my throat in low moans like bubbles of champagne. ‘Yes, 20 minutes. I’ll be ready.’


ORITSESHEMAYE is my ongoing Twitter erotic series.

Read the first five stories in this series here

What do you think? Don’t forget to comment Gem!

Kaduna Book and Arts Festival 2019: Part 1-Introduction

Welcome to September Gem!

🥁 *drumroll* 🥁

Let the countdown to the 3rd Edition of Kaduna Book and Arts Festival holding from 11th-14th September 2019 begin. You are cordially invited to enjoy a festival of arts, books, music, conversations at Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, Kaduna.

Watch the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufia, highlight reasons why you should attend Kaduna Book and Arts Festival 2019 here.

Follow #kabafest19 on Instagram and Twitter to know more!

I am a collaborating Literary Blogger promoting #kabafest19. I’m thrilled to be part of the festival’s hype squad.

Meet Kabafest19 Guests here!

Later in the week, I’ll be sharing tips to help you attend a literary festival.

If you’d love to live through me at Kabafest19, follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

Don’t forget to save the dates!