The Coo of a Blue-Plumed Bird

Akachi Was a Remarkable Human Being: On Mental Health, How Not to React, and What Universities Can Do to Help

  1. WITH AKACHI I have known Akachi for years, as a poet acquaintance from The Writers’ Community, UNN, but…

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Akachi Was a Remarkable Human Being: On Mental Health, How Not to React, and What Universities Can Do to Help
Easter Playlist

Easter Playlist

A boy's ears should be busy during Easter. Check out my previous lists---for 2017, for 2018, and a playlist &…

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The Feast of the Goat

  I like the word “feast.” The sound of it, the upper teeth touching the lower lip. I like when…

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The Feast of the Goat
Between Short Stories and a Novel, My Creative Shutdown and Transitioning

Between Short Stories and a Novel, My Creative Shutdown and Transitioning

  1. This is only half of the story. 2. My third idea for a novel came in June 2013,…

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How (Not) to Compare Viola Davis to Meryl Streep

I wrote this as a comment on a Facebook post that, in discussing a tweet comparing Meryl Streep, Angela Basset,…

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How (Not) to Compare Viola Davis to Meryl Streep
Game of Thrones Better End This Way

Game of Thrones Better End This Way

  Discussing Game of Thrones is one of the few times random people are allowed to publicly wish death on…

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TWC Prose Workshop in Nsukka

  In December, I was at The Writers' Community (TWC) in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for a prose workshop.…

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TWC Prose Workshop in Nsukka
A Pop Concert by Chance

A Pop Concert by Chance

  Sunday nightfall, I’m bored—actually I feel like munching succulent bread and Vita Milk—so Friend and I go to Spar.…

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6 Things This Week

  Literature I have been touring the 2018 archives of African literary magazines for a Brittle Paper project. I resumed…

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6 Things This Week
Messi, Mbappe, Pique, Pogba: Fantasy Football 101

Messi, Mbappe, Pique, Pogba: Fantasy Football 101

One evening ten years ago, when I was still a die-hard football follower, I decided I wanted my own team:…

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121 Songs I Really, Really Listened to in 2018

  Every year since 2012 has brought to me a different sort of musical satisfaction---I encountered sounds I loved, new…

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121 Songs I Really, Really Listened to in 2018
The Feet of Drogba

The Feet of Drogba

  I was 13 when I fell in love with the whole of Didier Drogba. I had freshly become a…

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Memorial Garden

From "Blue Lake, Small Island," snippets of an un-noted experience.    It was 11 a.m. when we gathered in the…

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Memorial Garden
A Language Problem

A Language Problem

From "Blue Lake, Small Island," snippets of an un-noted experience.   Four or so minutes after we touched down in…

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My Playlist and Some Thoughts, Vol. 1

Not all of them—can’t possibly write out all of them—but most of what I’m listening to right now, the songs…

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My Playlist and Some Thoughts, Vol. 1
The Self-centric, Subversive Poetry of J. K. Anowe

The Self-centric, Subversive Poetry of J. K. Anowe

It is a poignant joy to discover yet another young writer living on the continent with the talent and potential…

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Monk. Astronomer. Artist

First written on 11 August, 2016, on Facebook.   Monk. Astronomer. Artist. Architect. Priest. Psychologist. Lawyer. Monk. Historian. Writer. Physicist.…

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Monk. Astronomer. Artist
A Night with Aaliyah

A Night with Aaliyah

Written on 25 August, 2016, on Facebook.   Strange. In the past few days, I've taken to replaying Aaliyah—“Try Again,”…

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A Bit of John Berger

I am with friends, those ones who have become family, when I realize that the book on the marble table…

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A Bit of John Berger
On Billboard’s “100 Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century: Critics’ Picks”

On Billboard’s “100 Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century: Critics’ Picks”

I should begin by confirming that I’m neither a music critic nor a video expert. Billboard has been my go-to,…

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The Coo of a Blue-Plumed Bird

1. When I write prose fiction and poetry, the sparks that birth my words ignite from within, a thing riotous…

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The Coo of a Blue-Plumed Bird
Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader

Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader

I read the book after I watched the film. It has never happened before. Not because I think films are…

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74 Songs I Really, Really Listened to in 2017

"Particula," Major Lazer ft. Nasty C, IcePrince, Patoranking, Jidenna "Sugar," Myro "Yu Zimme," Lisa Mercedez ft. Ms Banks & Stylo…

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74 Songs I Really, Really Listened to in 2017

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