A happy reminiscence.
Exactly 15 years ago I was on admission at the King George Hospital, Goodmayes in the London Borough of Redbridge, with a case of Quadriplegia. If medical terms confuse you, it simply means paralysis of the entire body - from the neck down. The bed in which I laid had been urgently and specially procured for me and in it I would eventually spend about two months. And for most of that time, I was only able to raise my body by pressing buttons on the bed's electronic control pad with my feebly functional right hand. Most thought I would not get out of that bed...

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A happy reminiscence.
Exactly 15 years ago I was on admission at the King George Hospital, Goodmayes in the London Borough of Redbridge, with a case of Quadriplegia. If medical terms confuse you, it simply means paralysis of the entire body - from the neck down. The bed in which I laid had...

Free novels

2018 is an important birthday anniversary year for me; I will tell you why very soon. In commemoration I will every week concurrently serialise 3 recent novels free of charge from my website www.rotimiogunjobi.me.uk ., starting with this gem. The...

Discover yourself, or you will be forever lost.

Some weeks ago, I received a message from an American magazine:

Dear Rotimi,
Is this a working email address for you? I see you wrote a book of Yoruba folk tales and there’s something I’m trying to find out about that tradition and wondering if you would know: Namely, is there a...

What you say is what you get

On the road, a woman is walking along with her young son . She continually berates him as they walk :
"You are an empty child and you will never amount to anything ", she says.
This child will eventually grow up to become empty as cursed, and same mother will again wonder why this...

What you say is what you get

On the road, a woman is walking along with her young son . She continually berates him as they walk :
"You are an empty child and you will never amount to anything ", she says.
This child will eventually grow up to become empty as cursed, and same mother will again wonder why this...

A dash of Yoruba sauce

If you have never been insulted by a Yoruba female person who knows her sauce onions, you should count yourself lucky. Five words out of those sneering lips could send the most self-confident grown-up man on his way to the psychiatrist. She only has to say "e wo bo se ri" , meaning :"just see...

Never anger a writer

Well, you might get lucky and become a character in a novel , famous or infamous, depending on how much you pissed that writer off. A guy put me in his novel, name and all, and had me gruesomely murdered. He resurrected me in a sequel and I think killed me off once again. Hey, this guy must be...

Tough to be nice

I had this remarkable dream last night, in which I was severely beaten for standing up for someone who was being assaulted. Never received so much beating in my life. Therefore if you see me in your dream please don't call me. I will not answer. In fact I will be running. Merry Christmas.

The Timelessness of Art

Watching street kids groove to Fela's music while celebrating Christmas. It occured to me that this song was released 44 years ago; more than 25 years before most of these kids were born. Yet they flow along with it very well like the song is hot off the record press. It is ageless music.
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Tireless

I guess I may have done a few things right , and that is why I am still by the grace of God, today alive and well.

Yesterday , someone called me "tireless".. That is a very long way away from defeated, I am sure!

Today again, I want to appreciated those who have been making my life...

Just another Yoruba movie

And the young girl came back home from school, pregnant.
"Didn't I constantly warn you never to let any man climb on top of your body so that your family will not be thereby disgraced?!", the poor mother wailed.
"Mama I remembered all you said. It was l who climbed on top of his body...

I am a storyteller

I am a storyteller.
If I have ever failed to attend your writers' event please do not be angry with me. Even though I may have written more books than those who attended, I still prefer to be known as a storyteller rather than a writer. There is a difference.
While the "writer" may...

Bad etiquette

As a kid, I read whatever book that became unfortunate enough to come into my hands. I devoured them voraciously and cast the carcass aside without any respect at all. I read books on any subject under the sun and also more than a few about places hidden from the sun .
Once I read a book...

The Auntie Mo Story

My interests are severely eclectic - the calling of a writer demands wide knowledge and even wider ability to seek and accumulate more knowledge. It is a native obsession. While it is necessary for a creative writer to be able to imagine beyond the ordinary, the calling of an inventor requires...

Writing Right (2)

A couple of days ago, a person from my office brought me a letter for approval before dispatch . It was supposed to be a simple invitation to an event, but he had dutifully turned it into a "literary masterpiece". The "missive" presented to me was a dark boulevard of towering words some so big...

Writing Right (1)

"Your writing is so easy to read, it is so confusing", I have several times been accused.
Candidly I believe many writers use big words to hide lack of depth or lack of true knowledge, of a subject ; otherwise they may just be smokescreen to hide a similarly dishonest motive.
I enjoy...

Avarice, the Art and FM Radio

There was once a time when you could be sure that the music you hear on radio represented the best on and off the music charts. A time when radio stations actually paid musicians to play their songs. Maybe they still do in many pats of the world, but in Nigeria if a song gets palyed on radio you...

Of Facebook Exit

Reminiscing about Facebook, I see a colony...no, a virtual continent of lunatics, a lot of them sent there by psychiatrists as part of their therapy; a lot more actually believing every day they are well. I am astounded I used to be one of them.

Social Media

Social Media: the power to SHARE and invite people to like, brilliant and very profitable ideas and information , you have no intention of using.

Flash Sale for Charity - Somber City

I think these people are doing a fantastic job, exposing contemporary Nigerian literature to the world, and they should be financially supported by whatever means.Labors of love, such as this, are one of the few hopes left for a dying publishing industry . Buy this book. All my earning from the...

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