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Yes you can !

Yes, you can !!
Instead of saying, 'We've never done it before,' say, 'We have the opportunity to be first.'
Instead of saying, 'We don't have the resources,' say, 'Necessity fuels...

Progress... progress

How do you make great progress in life ? Here is a suggestion: every new year, every new day, every new birthday, gather together every doubt that has been holding you back - including the voice...

Nobody is perfect

The largest room in the world is room for improvement. Every morning we all wake up in this room ... including the people that you condemn.

Don't help them out..

The devil is indeed still going to do a lot of fantastic things today .....with a LOT of help from billions of people like you and I.

Where does love go when all you've got left is your pride ?

Terry Mcmillan is a lady who writes romance like a dude who lives in Bronx - a black dude.The characters in her books are less likely to say something like"I love you" and more likely to say "f**...

Ennui

I was happy to learn a few days ago that my new novel, A Conference in Ennui, had made it to the longlist for the Commonwealth Book Prize. How long is a longlist ? How many other books are also on...

This Is Not Right !

Have you ever wondered why God is permitting some horrible things to happen in your life ? Welcome to Conrad’s nightmare !

Conrad lives somewhere in California. His parents were pathetic...

Dangling By My Tale

I created my first ebook about 20 years ago. It was a book titled "Staying Alive" – a practical guide on how to avoid stress and achieve good cardiovascular health. No, it didn't contain any...

They Died For 25 Cents : [Footnote to a farce]

My interest was arrested by this young lady caught by a television camera.” We voted for them, but see what they have done to us ", she wept.

Now this is great I thought to myself. Their...

Cheap death by the gallon

Without any intention of being unpleasant, I say that any action of any government anywhere, which makes petrol and diesel less affordable, should be applauded. I look at this though from the...

Helen Paul , Amos Tutuola and I

Just done watching a fantastic comedienne named Helen Paul do a 3-minute sketch on stage. It was a ditty about the lengths that women go when seeking acceptance. In her trademark childlike...

A Schizophrenic looks at how to end electrical power supply crisis

Noise.
He had wandered as it would happen into the middle of a market – the notorious Oshodi market; a cacophonous menagerie. Street vendors yelling, bus touts yelling, fake cure-all...

Free download [+plus] - A Conference in Ennui

Free download link : http://www.lagosliteraryjournal.com/books/ennui.pdf
Get it now while the publisher is still in Father...

Why I would never again publish in the USA

When I got myself a US based literary agent I was quite overjoyed. Getting an agent is a writer's dream ; you now do less work with finding a publisher for your next book, and you can spend your...

Lies, funky lies !

How does one get love and sanity to survive hard times?

Lagos in the 70s and 80s is the setting for this thrilling story. Femi Falashe has not only lost his job; he has also lost all his...

Get a life

There is only one life, and this one is not a rehearsal for another.If people realise this, I think there will be less greed in the world today and more people chasing wholesome personal dreams...

Libya's broken windows

In those days when we used to play backyard Cricket, things like this often happened. Sooner or later someone gets overzealous with their swing, knocks the ball too far and breaks a window . So we...

Tie da ?

I thought they had all been killed but I was wrong. I still found one of them a few days ago shimmying along the road with thick black smoke coming out of the exhaust.
Ibadan is an ancient...

Police and thieves

It is often very easy to stereotype felons and policemen in novels, but in real life the distinction as we know is never always true. There I think, are very many reasons for writers to maintain...

Bandits : Franklin Quits

This is a priceless extract from the concluding chapter of the novel "Bandits' by Elmore Leonard. His books tend to be violent , but quite mature . His is an example of what I consider well-...

Reckonings.. (What I learned tonight from DeBang and TwoFace)

As I am writing this I am sitting in a quite uncomfortable posture ; torn as usual between multiple tasks. My life has been taken over by this penchant for multi-tasking , though often to...

Noise

"I am sorry , I can't come to church anymore", I had told the pastor.
For a minute he seemed very confused . My attendance had indeed dropped for several weeks and this had been a home...

The law - ass or tyrant ?

Is the law really an ass ? I doubt it. I think it is more a tool of tyranny. It is the people who burden the law with their own selfish pursuits who want us to have us accept the image of an...

New publishing opportunities for writers worldwide

The Lagos Literary and Arts Journal is an upcoming opportunity that I have satisfactorily used in the past and will recommend to new and established writers. It actually publishes all kind of...

..and the demons fell upon Blighty

I have always ever thought that the London Metropolitan police does not have a heart nor a soul, only a checklist and a fist or feather to apply to a situation as it arises. But if you have...

Conversation with 4 goats - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Feeling in the mood for something unusual, I had on this particular afternoon decided to travel a bit for lunch at this new restaurant I had just discovered on the other side of town. Thus...

War begets war

You cannot go out fighting an immoral war and expect to have peace at home.

Not dead yet

What doesn't kill you, will probably make you able to run a lot faster.

The Jos Plateau Indigobird - [Wildlife under watch]

The Jos Plateau Indigobird (Vidua maryae) is endemic to Nigeria. Its natural habitats are dry woodland and shrubland in rocky areas. It is threatened by habitat loss as much of its range is...

The Niger Delta Red Colobus - [Wildlife under watch]

The Niger Delta Red Colobus (Procolobus epieni) is a species of colobus monkey. The Niger Delta red colobus is black on top from the head to the rump, becoming orange-brown on the sides and outer...

Sclater's guenon - the Nigerian monkey - [Wildlife under watch]

Sclater's guenon (Cercopithecus sclateri), also known as the Nigerian monkey, is an arboreal and diurnal primate that lives in the forests of southern Nigeria. This species is most often...

The Ibadan Malimbe [Wildlife under watch]

The Ibadan Malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis) is a species of bird endemic to Nigeria. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. this...

Sustainable transportation models

My heart bleeds always when I hear people complain so much about how petrol and diesel have become so unaffordable. So as one brought up in the Third World, and quite familiar with the concept...

Don't be lazy , click me

By the way I got the title from a persistent spammer , who has up till today not managed to get me to click on her email , so this blog should be an indication of how much success she's having...

Brainteaser : A Really Queer Relationship

The week is probably beginning to drag on so slowly already, and I am sure many are already wishing for Friday to come quickly. It is never going to happen. However while you wait maybe you can be...

Tales of Corporate Chicanery - 2

It was the end of the year, and Bernard Lion, Proprietor of SLAVE Tools Manufacturing Limited was in a merry mood. Bernard Lion had been quite thrilled with the balance sheet and he thought to...

Amy Winehouse : Another One Joins The 27 Club

Have you ever heard of the 27 Club ? The 27 Club, is also variously known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27.It is a descriptive name for a growing group of popular rock music artists who died at...

The boss is always right

This is an introduction to one of the chapters of a book that had been in progress for too long. The title is "Aesop for Executives - Tales of Corporate Cunning" . The business world is however a...

Why do writers write ?

I stopped giving away free copies of any of my books primarily because many people do have gross misconceptions about why writers write. In fairness to the reading public , there are too many...

How to live a stress-free life

Do you want some suggestions for a minimum stress life ? I am offering fourteen which I grabbed and adapted from my daily Bible reading guide. Never mind if you are not religious. Most of it will...

Big tings a gwaan

Writing straight fiction is quite different from writing literary fiction. One is for reading and the other for studying. This is my personal opinion though. Nevertheless I feel that everyone...

How to write good

Caveat emptor.
Carpe diem.
O si villi, si ergo, fortibus es in ero.
Et tu, brute.
(Add your own classical allusion here)

My several years in the word game have...

May I Jog Your Memory ?

The title of the book that I just completed is A Conference in Ennui . However the published title may not be the same. This is because a complete American lunatic (or American complete lunatic)...

How to deliver yourself from Facebook spam

Hello!

FYI I have never and not ever offered to shake anybody's anything (or something like that) on FB. So if you have received such a message from me or even your nicer friends do...

What have you just written ?

I was at my writers group meetup. A teenager had just done a short reading in what I thought was quite flamboyant prose. At the end he'd asked the quite odd question : What I want to know is if...

The Race Course Oval

This is one of the passages I like very much in my newly completed novel. Unfortunately you need to know Cricket to understand much of it, but don't be discouraged ; it is never too late . I hope...

Herbie Wayne Connects With God

Let me introduce you to Herbie; he is a character from my newest novel.. Herbie's real name is Abiodun , which in the way that most immigrants need to change their names to be able to get a job,...

You only need to look at the skin of my face

What exactly is a "Nigerian" scam ? In the business world, we meet with all sort of people - the good, the bad and the ugly. We get presented with all sort of proposition - from the good, the mad...

Have you also met any of these people ?

It's another day at my computer mail box, and the ubiquitous salutations have organised themselves once more. Now I don't know any of these people and sure would like to get to root of the...

Beware the ides of .... erm ... next month

It's probably gone by now, but I warn you another will soon be here.

In the complicated world of the Roman calender, there were 45 public festivals .Nowadays we only get less than 10 measly...

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