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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?!",...

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...

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...

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...

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 "...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nigerius- II

The people wanted blood and gruesome punishment.
Those who hailed the ascendance of Emperor Tiberius Buarius Ravilla to the throne wanted the heads of the nobles, whom they had convinced...

Nigerius - I

It is today twenty-one days after Tiberius Buarius Ravilla was crowned the new Emperor. It had been an event filled with great pomp and ceremony. The previous emperor Pompilius Jonatus Vespasianus...

The Money- eating Goddess

"He was collecting his winner’s cheque at Baba Ijebu Lottery Limited when he espied amongst the motley press crews, a lady so fascinating in beauty that he could not take his eyes off her. She was...

Common Tally Voo !

I aim to visit France this year if I am able to magically hustle up the bread. I have never been to that country and I have a feeling that I am not going to like it; but that is where my heart...

The Interrogation

This is a "protest" story I wrote in 2006 in London. It is as usual a surrealistic satire , one which marked an important turning point in my literary pursuits-a resolute farewell to literary...

The Essential Wisdom of Following Your Heart and Dream

Life is more about the journey through, and not the destination; this is what Paulo Coelho’s novel, The Alchemist appears to say, in an admirable way. However, this was nearly an annoying book to...

The Lagoon People - a true story

In the far distance a bonfire thick with black smoke from the incinerating rubber tyres. Behind it, half-clad caricatures wildly gesticulate their defiance of the advancing line of policemen....

The nakedness of a man faced with the absurd

I have just finished reading The Stranger a novel by Albert Camus , borrowed from the rich collection of my dear sister Mimie Oshodin. I actually thought it was a silly little book ; nay a nasty...

Nigeria's football-government election

On February 14 2015 an important football match will be taking place between Chelsea and Arsenal ... hey scratch that, I mean Nigerians will vote between General Buhari and Dr. Jonathan for...

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

.I published this online to a listserve on Feb 24 1999 with title 'How To Commit Hara-Kiri On The Internet'.I just rediscovered the essay and sort of like it enough to share once more.......

The Calamitous Downfall of Baba Ijebu

Book Summary : Denge - A novel
He was just another unemployed youth, fed up with his failures and even contemplating suicide. But Denrele Gabriel miraculously wins the grand lottery prize...

Denge's Last Stand ?

They could hear the whack-whack sound of the helicopter as it circled overhead. He could also hear the occasional whoosh and scream of the fighter jets. Much nearer was the grinding sound of the...

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Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh;
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky.

The Prime Writer - advertisement for myself

It often occurs to me that if I hadn’t become a writer, I could have become an itinerant preacher or a terrorist. Since I could remember, I and the world have been engaged in a crisis of distrust...

Creepers

My small colony of giant African land snails already laying eggs and also making an awful amount of poop. Don't be deceived, they are all hiding , clinging to the underside of the tank cover and...

The presidential pilgrimage

Haba this kain pilgrimage na wa sha. It even permits you to be abusing your enemies from far away. :D

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Soul Sacrifice - (Immortal Invisible God Only Wise -hymn)

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought...

Fridge Connect

New fridge suddenly decides it prefers to be a freezer, Consequently a dozen cracked frozen eggs. Now, hard frozen eggs are never as table-ready as hard boiled eggs. Any quick recipe for frozen...

Soul sacrifice

http://bible.us/gal5.22-26.amp But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace,...

Soul sacrifice

http://bible.us/gal6.3-5.niv If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions....

My son's online mag

This stuff is yet new but I love the creativity behind it. Go guys !!
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Hanging out with the heavies this morning at the Government College Ibadan 85th anniversary and annual general meeting (AGM). Always a pleasure to visit annually. Picture with Hon. Justice Zai...

Some more relevant stuff they never teach you in school

Who discovered the source of the River Niger?
..... what about River Benue ?
He! he! he! I am sure you will know those ones.

Alright who discovered how to make banga soup ?...

I love my country

On such a day when you are nearly late for an urgent business appointment, and you pick up your phone to be directed , and then the Road Marshall arrests your ass for using your phone while...

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