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 more than this minimal eccentricity; his is a constant battle to escape the surreal ectoplasm within which he resides. It is a native resignation.
During the last few years I have conscripted friends and family into several projects, some of which don’t even seem to make any sense at all, at...

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Cerebrations and Commentaries

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...

Writing Yoruba

I consider myself fortunate to be able to do my thinking in Yoruba and to be able to write them out in English. Living in immersion, I believe makes this somewhat easier to do. In my contiguous community the everyday language of conversation and commerce is Yoruba .
When writing The...

The Bata Dancer

He goes away in search of self, but he again finds love.

Yomi Bello, scriptwriter at a moribund theatre, leaves for a new town to temporarily teach English in a private school. More importantly, he is seeking escape from the pains of a divorce which has robbed him of access to his only...

Library Aid

This is a project which I am part of and care so much about. I am always deeply pained whenever I visit any public library in my country. Nigeria. Books are outdated and the equipment in deplorable state. I have more useful books in my small study than many of them have in the shelves. Help us...

Olajumoke - In The Lair Of The Monster

Angelique Kidjo is a very soulful singer. Out of all her work, the hit song “Agolo” from her AYE album quite stands out to me. Much of the Yoruba lyrics is like a love song - a ballad about the importance of letting the world be bound together by love. The melodic chorus gives more power to...

King Chameleon and more West African Folktales

King Chameleon and more West African Folktales is a selection of folklore believed to have originated from West Africa and the people who live in the region. West Africa is home to several scores of tribes, languages and dialects.
Even though, tribal cords are quite strong and languages...

The Kini-Kini Bird and more Yoruba Folktales

The Kini-Kini Bird and more Yoruba Folktales is a selection of folklore thought to have originated from the Yoruba people. The Yoruba are native to the western part of Nigeria. A few centuries ago, the cultural influence of this ethnic group stretched much further out into the West Africa...

The Foo-Foo Tree and more Efik Folktales

The Foo-Foo Tree and more Efik Folktales is a selection of folklore thought to have originated from the Efik people . The Efik are native to South East Nigeria even though they were said to have migrated from the Cameroons.
Originally the economy of the region which they occupy was based...

The State of the Storyteller's Tale


“..picture an evening scene in a native village. The sun is nearing the western horizon, seeming to fall like a huge ball behind the distant hills, the air is cool, and a solemn stillness prevails. Even the noisy youths and girls are quiet, and the time for tom-toms, crickets, bull-...

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