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Bookie Life Update: Explore Abia State with me on Twitter!

My NYSC Experience at Abia State

What I’m giving you!

I’ll be documenting my experience in Abia State(Eastern Nigeria) on Twitter.

Explore Abia with me on Twitter!

Explore this socio-cultural reality with me.

Peep my mini travelogue, see pictures.

Read my musings, tips and Corper diary.

Kekes, Pawpaw at Gate Market, Umuahia.

Where is Amethyst?

After a blissful, relaxing week spent in Kaduna after my Call to Bar Ceremony at Abuja. I returned to Abia state to continue my service year and being work at my place of primary assignment, Ministry of Justice Umuahia. All the travelling has fatigued me. I miss writing. I’ll be sharing little flash stories whenever I write.

Why did this Lagos Gem stay in Abia?

My Dad is from Arochukwu; it’s just a name and stories to me. I stayed back to do NYSC here because honestly I love experiences, exploring different socio-cultural realities and different Nigerian cities/states. I hope I can connect with my roots and pick up some Igbo.

What to expect from this travelogue/diary series?

My travelogue on Obudu Cattle Ranch Mountain Resort in Cross River is a highly read blog post. If you loved my bookie life updates on Abuja (during my externship), Yola (during law school) you want to explore Abia with me. With my creative eye, I’ll document my experience in Abia. I’m so excited.

Follow me on Twitter to get updates.

Explore Abia with me on Twitter!


Thanks for reading Gem.

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.

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!

Brunch and Law Books

This saturday morning in Abuja is for reading law school lecture notes and textbooks while savoring yum brunch seated in front of this gorgeous view. Because I largely romance myself, I plucked a white rose from the compound shrub.


I just got back home after scouting from Area 1 Shopping complex to Zone 3 Neigbourhood for a laptop charger (10:30am- 2pm). I miss the numerous options Alaba Int’l Market(Ojo, Lagos) and Computer Village(Ikeja, Lagos) give. The rigourous walks and negotiations make me grateful for the peaceful morning. I found out my charger isnt faulty. Rather a different laptop fault which no one available could fix for an affordable price. I’m sad about this.

I enjoy reading ebooks on my laptop while playing some songs I only have on it. Plus it’s difficult concentrating on writing stories on my phone because of social media notifications. I prefer using my laptop to read law school ematerials also. I have a story to work on for the Dark Lagos Collection Entry due at the end of the month.😪 Enough of my whining. I’ll shower, eat, rest and wake up to fill my log book then continue studying.

Hope your Saturday is going better than mine?

Lesson of the day: Try every available option before you invent new ones. It’ll save you resources.