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“Don’t tell me that shit!”

DISCLAIMER: I’m about to cuss a lot. And my sentences might not be constructed properly.

Okay, so in the early hours of yesterday, someone was hungry, tired and bored, so she decided to make a thread on twitter about African literature that would change the way a lot of people viewed the genre.

No, not the good kind.

She decided to put down African literature in a way that i feel is insulting, degrading and very very presumptuous. Yeah yeah, it’s twitter and yeah there’s freedom of expression, but you can’t just say that shit and not expect to get backlash. But of course, many of us that were not in support, were so nice (except Tony of course) and so there was no real trailer jam.

I will tell you why her tweets bugged me.

At first, when someone brought my attention to the series of tweets, i was like, “she definitely hasn’t read a lot of books” but apparently, she’s widely read and even studied literature in college.

No shit.

Anyway, i had the whole day to think about it before i decided i was angry. I literally woke up in the middle of the night to write this.

How it all started: Continue reading


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Abuja: Book Reading at Thought Pyramid Art Gallery

Hey puff puffs!
Hope you guys have had an amazing week because mine has been stressful. I’ve been so tired, i think I’ve been walking around sleeping in my head. Can you believe I’m even working tomorrow, Saturday?!

Anyway, this post has been a long time coming because the event actually happened last week (my birthday week, and might i add that that was an amazing week), but i was waiting on the pictures.
So, Othuke Ominiabohs, the author of Odufa, read my review and invited me to his book reading (Yes he did, even though i would have gone anyway LOL)
He is sooo nice! Like, reaaaally nice! But more of that later.

Thought Pyramid Art Gallery is located at No 18 Libreville Crescent off Aminu Kano way, Wuse II Abuja.
The place was so fancy, it made me nervous.
First, the sculptures outside (I really wish i had pictures of everything): i initially thought they were human beings sitting outside. But they were just scultures of everything, ranging from animals to humans to abstracts.
Then, the elegant restaurant at the corner with the bright lights, you can’t miss it.
I should add that the Art Gallery works mostly in conjunction with Embassies so that night, the German Embassy held the stage. There was a ‘showing’ of a movie. The movie was titled Pitter Patter Goes My Heart. It was, of course, in German. I’ve heard that Foreign movies with subtitles are boring, especially those fancy ones. Well, this one was funny and weird. It was also a short movie so maybe that’s why i didn’t notice LOL (45 minutes max).

Before the showing and the reading (I never used to use these words as nouns before), i met up with Othuke and we chatted for a short while, which was cool.
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Then, we all went to sit to watch the movie.
After the movie, there was a brief introduction and then Othuke started reading key points in the book. It helped that i had read the book before because listening to some of the scenes being read out made me smile.
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My short moment of bliss ended because of the Time constraint.
You can see some of the art, thankfully.
There was a brief session of questions which brought up very interesting topics.
Othuke was being very diplomatic with the questions LOL
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When he was asked how much of the book was actually fiction, he said that there’s no fiction that’s 100% fiction.
When he was asked whether he thought that his book supports parental interference in marriage, he said he’d leave that for the reader to decide.
There were many others.
Honestly, i thought his answers made the interaction more fun because everyone seemed to be having a great time and more questions kept flowing in.
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There were literary critics too! Forgot to mention. And a lot of people who seemed “book-y” like me.
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Book Signing Time!
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Here’s Roland, who’s just the best, trying to get Othuke to sign my book.
And i said, Othuke is soo nice, he gave me an extra copy and signed that too!
He wrote, “Adaobi, thank you for being my number one fan. Ohms.”
He was also impressed with the review, ha!
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The second copy (revised edition) is sooo up for grabs! 😉

Well, that pretty much wraps it up. I wish i had more pictures for you guys.
Photo credit: @4eyedmonk for most of the pictures

I know y’all are waiting on a puff puff post. But Soon!
Have a lovely weekend, puff puffs! 😘✌

Also, i wanted to congratulate Tokoni Olobio, one of my buff readers, on His Graduation today! Also, Congrats to everyone from the Prestige Set! Soar!

Remain Buff!


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Book Review: Odufa- Othuke Ominiabohs

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Author: Othuke Ominiabohs (Ohmston Weth)

Pages: 394

Purchase: You can buy the ebook online at dookshop.com (also on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple ibooks, etc)

Order the paperback from Konga.com

You can also get the paperback at major bookshops or malls near. Click here to see my list of bookshops!

Synopsis: When Anthony Mukoro discovers he cannot father a child, his whole world comes crashing. In the arms of a new crush, Odufa, a beautiful girl with a past, he finds the strength to face his fears and live again despite the whirlwind that threatens to devour the union. But nothing is as it seems as they plunge into the bowels of this serpentine romance which alters their lives forever. – synopsis from goodreads.com

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My Review:

I initially read Odufa years back when it was barely a series on yimucentral. I had read the prologue, then an episode, and knew that it was going to be major. One thing i have always loved about Ohmston’s work is his ability to describe every single detail and his unique adeptness at word play.

The criminals were still at large. The long arm of the law hung limply around the waist of the cold statue of justice, tugging at her wrapper so the bureaucrats can once again, rape her blind. – The coleman massacre by Ohmston Weth

Odufa is an African romance literature based on two Nigerians from different backgrounds. First of all, the book is in three parts: Friends, Lovers and Strangers. The first chapter begins with a somber mood where a doctor diagnoses the protagonist, Anthony, as being impotent. Like any man who discovers such a thing, Anthony is thrown into a dark and dangerous depression. That is until he meets a lady who is willing to do absolutely anything for him, Odufa. Odufa is a mystery to Anthony which just makes their affair much more sizzling and desirable to him. Theirs is a love that is volatile, deep and explosive; confusing and incredulous to anyone else but overwhelming to those that know how it feels.

I say this because some parts in the book had to be taken with a pinch of salt. I cannot say i have ever felt love like this, so, I could not understand how love could make two people do things that should drive them apart but ends up pulling them much closer. I read in a recent interview that reviewers complained that the book is chauvinistic, but let’s be realistic, that’s really how many relationships are. Lets put political correctness aside and appreciate that he was being real.
I found it difficult to handle Anthony’s abuse on Odufa and the fact that she kept coming back to take him in her arms. Then, out of the blue, Odufa began her own kind of abuse on Anthony and that honestly surprised me.

The story itself scared me; especially the very toxic and dangerous relationship between Anthony and Odufa. I don’t have much experience with relationships in Nigeria but I remember asking a few friends from my book club if this kind of relationship was actually possible. The narcissism between the two lead characters was shocking, their inconsistency in personality worried me (especially Odufa’s) and at a point I began to wonder if this was really a relationship or a dependency. Also Odufa has some sordid past which affected nearly every choice she made in this book, so I was quite surprised that the past was not mentioned. However the writer clarified that a sequel will delve into this. –Franklyne Ikediasor

Odufa was a strange character that i couldn’t actually decipher. I would like to know more about her side of the story; if she really is an opportunist as it played out to be and the reason for her sudden change of character. Her mother also intrigued me. I hope the coming sequels will reveal both of their intentions.

The writing was exquisite, as i expected, but i thought that some parts of the romance were a bit too cheesy for my taste. Writing an anthology of poems for her is romantic but seeing her as your light, sunshine, diamond and laughter after she bit off your thumb was just too much for me. I particularly liked the Strangers section of the book, which was weird because that was where everything came apart. Odufa unfolded herself to be Anthony’s nightmare and it was interesting to see that he still didn’t see some of the things we, the readers, were seeing. It made me wonder, at some point,  if Juju (charm) was involved.
Another issue i had was the fear that it was going to be unnecessarily prolonged. I wasn’t even at the middle and the two were already hopelessly in love, i began to question what would come next. In retrospect, the length was necessary.

I ached for Anthony towards the end, when his son was taken from him. No one should feel that type of pain especially someone who saw their child as a miracle. Anthony’s father told him to forget the child, which would be a typical advice in that situation, but i knew that the decision would be difficult.

The writer took us to so many places in the book: Kano, Portharcourt, Warri, Lagos and Abuja.  I think that he tried to shed light on: violence in relationships like we’ve hardly seen, the unfolding of events that misdiagnosis of patients could cause, misconceptions about hypertension and the drama that sometimes follows inter-tribal relationships.

My favorite character has to be Anthony’s mother who seemed like a very wise, well-to-do and archaic woman; she blew out proverbs like a dragon spits fire.

You don’t spend the evening where you do not intend to spend the night…

It is the fear of what tomorrow may bring… that makes the tortoise to carry his house with him wherever he goes.

Many reviewers have complained about the use of the word ‘Ablution’. I found it strange for them to just assume that the word referred to Muslim cleansing because even at the first place i noticed it, the context referred to ‘Bathing’. I should also point out that Muslims don’t really have a whole room dedicated to washing up and prayers (I don’t think).

The book ended up as a tragedy (seemed so from the prologue) when Anthony’s life seemed to him like it had lost meaning and direction. I very much loved the way Othuke ended it, the whole of chapter 51 felt like a poem to me; absolutely brilliant and well paced.

All in all, i will say that the book tenders to the least common denominator, because it isn’t a concept that is too complex or filled with a lot of big and incomprehensible grammar. It’s very relatable and different and this makes it a very good book. This is his debut novel which makes it even better. Also, if you love poems, you’ll definitely love this book and the anthology attached to the back.

I tried as much as possible to not be so biased in this review being that Othuke is one of my favorite writers (Yes, i will famz). I have known about him for almost two years and have read a whole lot of his stories. His brother has a crush on me so… special treatment (He’ll kill me for this LOL). I was ecstatic when i heard that Odufa will be turned into a trilogy.

There will be a book reading of Odufa by Othuke himself coupled with a movie screening “Pitter Patter Goes My Heart” on Thursday, 16th June 2016 at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, No 18, Libreville Crescent wuse II Abuja. Time is 7:00 pm.

Note to Othuke: You are a brilliant poet, it seems you’re the only one oblivious to this. If Odufa was really based on personal experiences then, I cannot wait to see you again because you have a truck load of questions to answer! 🙂

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Book Review: Flipped- Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped_by_Wendelin_Van_DraanenPages: 148 (more or less)

Genre: Romance; Young adult

Download link: ugtorrent.com or gizul.wordpress.com

Order at Amazon: Amazon.com

Synopsis: Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.- Goodreads.com

My Review: The first time I watched the movie Flipped in 2013, I positively and absolutely FLIPPPED. I couldn’t just wait to read the book, which I did just recently.

It’s a story about a young girl Julianna Baker and a boy who was walking around with her first kiss, Bryce Loski. The story is told by the both of them explaining a series of events from their point of view, such as their first meeting, her favorite tree and a lot of other things.

Juli, as she is popularly called, was the complete opposite of Bryce. According to their Town Paper, she was “a strong voice in an urban wilderness and a radiant beacon, shedding light on the need to curtail continued over-development of our once quaint and tranquil community”. I think she is just a lovely, outspoken young girl that you could never be bored being around. She seems like one of those old souls.

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As for Bryce, I feel he is just like a lot of us were at that age, trying to find an identity. For goodness sakes he described Breasts as Female parabolas! Funniest thing ever. He always saw Juli as a nuisance right from the first day, but he never told her off and took whatever she offered (Yoruba demon behavior). He finds himself faced with decisions he has to make in order to be the person he wants to be.

Everything about the book is totally relatable. From Juli’s account of their meeting; when he held her hand (by mistake) she said: My heart stopped… For the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you and you’re floating… I almost got my first kiss that day. I’m sure of it.

Even the characters are relatable: Bryce’s cowardly and spiteful father who never sees the good in people, Bryce’s mother who realizes her mistake too late, Mrs. Stueby the elderly women in the neighborhood who had her nose in everyone’s business and a lot of them.

It’s a refreshing love story that is dipped in innocence and just makes you love every minute of it. The way Bryce, should I say, fell in love with Juli oh-so-slowly that confirmed the saying: you don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it.

My favorite quote in the book would have to be Bryce’s grandfather’s: Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss… But every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent and when you do, nothing will ever compare.

Also, there was a theory made by Juli’s father about the whole (of a picture, painting, scenery, etc) being greater than the sum of its parts. I never understood this when I watched the movie till the book. This is where Juli learns that people are so much more than blue dazzling eyes or a mountain full of hair. Bryce’s grandfather modifies this theory and said: It’s that way with people too… only with people it’s sometimes that the whole is less than the sum of the parts. I won’t explain it because I’m sure you’d love it when you read it.

You should read it; Goodreads describes it as a book for reluctant readers. Enjoy!

There’s also something in there about a sycamore tree. You’ll see.

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You truly never forget your first love… but that one is story for another day.

If you’ve read it, or watched the movie and loved it, do leave a ❤ in the comment section! Kisses!

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Book Review: Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

me b youPages: 356

Genre: Romance

Download link: ineedebooks.com (Epub, Pdf and Mobi)

Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick…
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that… And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.- Goodreads

I don’t usually like reading books people recommend but for months, I’ve been on a massive READING spree which involves reading anything I can set eyes on.

So, on Sunday evening, when a friend of mine messaged me and said, “Ada please read this book. The movie comes out this week.” I did.

The book began with a prologue describing an accident that left me a bit confused, because it seemed a bit rushed. Then the first sentence of the first chapter went like this: There are 158 footsteps between the bus stop and home, but it can stretch to 180 if you aren’t in a hurry, like maybe if you’re wearing platform shoes.

I was hooked immediately on the simple but alluring way it was written and it felt like a breath of fresh air. I dare you not to be hooked too.

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Me before You is a British book, and you are bound to encounter the word, Bloke. In Naija, we use bloke to describe a delicious hunk of a man. This word kept reappearing till I figured that what I thought meant sexy, cool, masculine young man actually meant regular guy. Huge Let Down.

Enough of the talk-talk, for the main review:

The book is written in first person singular and we saw the world from the eyes of the main character, Louisa Clark. She is a girl from a poor home with no qualifications whatsoever who comes across a job opportunity at a huge house close to her parent’s home (where she lives at the ripe age of 27). She ends up working for a rich, rather depressed, quadriplegic (crippled) man, Will Traynor, who barely has any motion in his arms. Depressed and withdrawn, he was nasty to Louisa at first until her rude comments thawed his icy heart. She discovers his death wish (LOL) and took to the project of convincing him to live but I realized rather late that she was the one who did the living in the end (No pun intended). He ended up making see things from a different perspective and brought out a side of her she never knew existed. This explains the title ME BEFORE YOU, which could be loosely interpreted as ME BEFORE I MET YOU. Well, along the way they fell in love.
I also appreciated that Louisa had a boyfriend, the Running man, almost througout the book and that the writer didn’t make him commit some unforgivable act that would make Louisa end the relationship. In fact, I felt sorry for him when she ended things between them.

The writer, Jojo Moyes, did a bit of a switch of Point of View (POV) when she showed what Will’s mother, father and nurse were thinking (reminding me a bit of Wattpad novels, no judgement). I also noticed that everyone got to briefly tell their thoughts, except for Will himself which would have spoilt the suspense (and would have been extremely depressing, yeesh!).

Jojo Moyes did an amazing job at portraying the life of Louisa to the point where I had a mental map of the town and especially the small, chaotic Clark house. I kept biting my nails in suspense especially towards the end, struggling with my own morals on whether or not Will should go ahead with his plan to visit Dignitas (I checked, this is a real place in Switzerland where people go to commit suicide and also when they are trying NOT to commit suicide http://www.dignitas.ch/?lang=en ).

It was a touching love story with a deep moral; it would leave you with deep questions about the established morals in society. Are there situations when Suicide is right?
The romance was mild, but their moments will leave you with a mouthful of “awws” and “eh-yas”. There was a brief Q and A at the back of the book that I truly appreciated especially when I learnt that Will’s predicament was based on a true story.

Honestly, I enjoyed the book, a must read for anyone who loves reading heartfelt stories. I expect to enjoy the movie too (Comes out today June 3rd).

 

Now a teeny-weeny bear hug because you are simply amazing for reading this post.

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And for the Weekly Catch Up:

  • We’re in my birthday month.
  • june-14-ice-cream-june-preview
  • I made every green light on my way home from work.
  • My first Time: I attempted a children’s story… Not my best work.