This has to be the latest blog wrapup in the history of monthly wrap-ups. Guess this is how you know I’m Nigerian, right? (Too soon?). However, in the spirit of sticking to my commitments, I am now doing this in mid-February. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful and it would have been worth it. Lol. First, some (big) news… I started a book club. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Temilade (@naijabookworm_) on Dec 23, 2018 at 6:09am PST So, I had this idea 2 years ago but I never got around to it for a […]
Say hello to the brand new babies coming into the “African” literary scene this month.
When I was 7, my older sister transferred to a model college in Lagos. This school had strict rules about grooming. Everyone had to resume school with nothing more than an inch of hair on their head. I remember tagging along as my Dad escorted my sister to the barbers. Watching her cry as her glorious hair piled up on the floor. Up until that moment, I had no idea shaving my head was an option. I hated the old lady my mum took me to braid my hair every Saturday. Those sessions were nothing less than torture. Having my little head squeezed between her thighs for an hour. My hair being pulled and […]
I love lifestyle blogs, the more personal the better. I enjoy reading about the intricacies of other lives. Learning from their challenges, realising I’m not so bad… These things make me happy. When I think about something I would absolutely never write about though, it’s my personal life. When I read Victor Ehikhamenor’s recollection of how his mother ensured that family matters never got dished out for public consumption, I could relate to that. My grandmother lived with us when I was younger and I quickly learnt the importance of keeping my thoughts to myself. Now I’ll probably never know […]
It seemed like a good idea when I decided to take a couple of days off my blog, it felt good to take a step back and remind myself why I started in the first place. Then a few days turned into weeks and all of a sudden I couldn’t sit still in front of a keyboard. (The keyboard is still taunting me, I’m doing this on my phone for now.) I need to strengthen my writing muscles again, so I decided to take part in a writing challenge. I found a fantastic one that was compiled by the team […]