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Build a bookshelf with these young minds. There is a book for all ages on this page. Please leave a comment and/or review of this book. We also appreciate recommendations for our young readers. ||Repost @queerafricanreads ............. I'm what the ladies at @nabookpodcast would call a cover hoe. It took some time to get here but I'm so happy to have this cover of Kintu. 😄😄😄 . . #rewritebookstachallenge #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookish #books #kintu #jennifermakumbi
🗣🗣 My fav is coming to the DMV next month. Ayesha Attah’s American book tour of the #hundredwellsofsalaga ❗️❗️❗️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So pumped to see a session with another fav of mine @nanaekuawriter in NYC on the line up! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t say I didn’t tell you! All of my book lovers come out and enjoy!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Excited that @yap.dc is hosting one of the sessions for us in DC 🙌🏾 @politicsprose And offcourse Bmore is on the list too 👏🏾👏🏾 ============================== Check out her page @ayeshahattah for updates and additional cities being added to the list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 🔝#writersofinstagram #writersofig #readthidbook #thehundredwellsofsalaga #avidreader #alwaysreading #booklover #epicreads #ilovetoread #booktour #bookstagramafrica #readwithus #readingismagic #authorlife #bookworm #booknerd #writing #fridayreads #bookphotography #bookish #africanauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookfeaturepage #reading #ghana #igreads #bookaddict #bookstagram #readingislife
I started off the year by falling ill so my body is asking me to stay in bed and watch the new season of Luther rather than read or post anything. . Here's a post I worked on at the end of last year. I was tagged by @talialune to tell my life story through a stack of books (#mystorystack ). I quickly realised that I often relate with books simply because they are well written, and not particularly because they resonate with my own life. I prefer to learn about other people's lives and relate on a microlevel. . Having said that, here is my short stack: 1. Open City by Teju Cole 2. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 3. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta 4. Sista! Anthology . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanliterature #blackwomenliterature #blackliterature #queerlit #queerauthors #queerafricanlit #womenliterature #africanwomenliterature
This year saw the birthing into reality of two age long dreams. I end with a massive sense of gratefulness! Impossible is nothing if you put your mind to it and the fruit of this years’ labor is sweet. Wishing you and yours an amazing 2019 - more goals to achieve, more frontiers to attain and greater heights to reach. Love, Light and Laughter 💕💕💕 #iyunadedaughterofidande #africanliterature #bestseller #awardwinning #bookstagram #womenauthors #blackwomenwriters #africanwomenauthors #blackexcellence #creativearts #fictionwriter #fantasywriter #romance #betrayal #readersofinstagram
Did you know that I write book reviews? This year I reviewed some excellent books: . 1. She Called Me Woman - An anthology of Nigerian womxn detailing their queer lives within Nigeria. . 2. Sista! - An anthology of stories by same-gender-loving womxn in the UK. . 3. Kintu - An epic Ugandan story. . 4. Under the Udala Trees - A story about a young, queer, Nigerian girl finding her way through life. . 5. Children of Blood and Bone - An African young adult fantasy fiction. . You can find all these reviews on the @rewritelondon website. 😄😄 . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanliterature #womenliterature #blackwomenliterature #queerlit #queerafricanlit
[WHEN THE MUSIC FADES...] and for many of us, it does for many years. All gets stripped away and you have to simply come. It's like a brutal ripping of dreams and goals, and of love and lovers. It's the endless reaching out for things that are simply out of your reach...your life is all up in the air dangling in limbo and you can't quite figure out where it'd all land... that is, if it does land. • And 2018 arrived, and something shifted. One door after another opened. It was like God opened up the windows of heaven and poured down blessings, each carrying its own responsibilities... 2018 was a year that gave many answers, but also asked lots of questions. ⠀ • I pray 2019 give even more answers and with each step taken, the fog will clear and fruits will be harvested. [12.31.18]⠀ ⠀
#2018bookwrapup How many countries did you read this year? . I read books from 15 countries, some countries that I'd never read before. . Featured here, again for the sake of my wrist, are: . 1. The Epic of Askia Mohamed - Niger . 2. The Madonna of Excelsior - South Africa . 3. Lez Talk - USA . 4. Discourse on Colonialism - Martinique . 5. Changes - Ghana . 6. African Psycho - Congo Republic . 7. Houseboy - Cameroon . 8. The River Between - Kenya . 9. The Spirit of Intimacy - Burkina Faso . 10. Baho! - Burundi . Not featured are books from the UK, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Nigeria and Uganda. . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanliterature #womenliterature #queerliterature
My Afro blue. Love this pic for some reason. I’ve laid off submitting shorts for a few months, I figured it was time for a whole book with my name on it, not just random chapters. However thinking I’ll resume short story submissions some time in spring. . I had a disappointing literary year two years back. A couple of dreams which were very close to fruition fell through at the eleventh hour. It stung. I withdrew a little after that, then had to focus on academic work. Now I’m finding a happy medium between the two. Disappointments are part of life. We can only learn from them. Not holding back in the new year. It is time. . #shortstories #novels #childrensbooks #africanwomenauthors #ayanti #afroblue #nappyhair #fabriceyes #brakesareoff #dreamsnowonthefrontburner #watchout
[COZY] Merry Christmas! I pray that today is filled with cozy feelings and thoughts that warm you up from the inside out. Above all, I hope you experience the love of Christ today and forever more. [12.25.18]
#2018bookwrapup I guess it's about time I begin wrapping up my reads of the year. First up are some of the books that I loved most this year. I chose only eight (four female and four male authors) for the sake of my wrist lol. . 1. Baho! by Roland Rugero . 2. The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta . 3. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo . 4. Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo . 5. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga . 6. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead . 7. Discourse on Colonialism by Aime Cesaire . 8. And After Many Days by Johwor Ile . Have you read and loved any of these books? What were your favourite books of 2018? . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanliterature #blackliterature
[THE DAUGHTER] I have a friend who amazes me with how she communicates with God when she makes a bad choice. I couldn't figure out what it was that was so different about her approach. I had always admired it about her, but I couldn't quite replicate it. My go to is usually to run off for months and then come back because my life has become a mess. We once had a conversation, and I shared how I felt terrible about a choice I had made, and it would take me a while to talk to God about it. She simply said, "He is your Father, and he is faithful to forgive." It landed flat, and that was about four years ago. • Over the course of that four years, I learnt to seek forgiveness regardless of how I feel and to seek forgiveness immediately instead of taking an hike for 6 month. However, I knew I was missing something. Last month, I had a revelation while sitting in prayer confessing yet another oops. His ever present and loving voice whispered, "Stop approaching me as a sinner, and approach me as my daughter. I am your father. I may be pissed at you, but I am still your father.” • It is probably the most gentle scold I have ever recieved, and it is one I may never forget. It broke through my wall and moved the statement "God is a loving, forgiving, merciful and welcoming father" from my head to my heart. ⠀ [12.21.18]
[THE PRODIGAL] I was that Christian who got tired of making the same bad choices over and over again. My simple remedy for not having to whisper the words, "Lord, I'm sorry I messed up," for the millionth time about the same issue was to run off. A part of me also believed God was probably tired of forgiving, and was probably going to cut me off. That is the human way, right? • Why pray when I can just accept I can't change and just do me? The downside of giving up and indulging in one bad habit is that it reduces one's sensitivity to making good choices in other areas. Staying away from God, because I couldn't do better in one area meant other areas took some hits. •⠀ And six months down the line, when life has become a scattered and shattered mess, I always find myself right back in the same place I was running from. My tail is usually hanging betwen my legs, and tears gushing down my cheeks because I had created some massive life storm all on my own. I always come back to ask for the one thing I needed all along, but was tired of asking...forgiveness. and then some. I ask for help. • Lately, I am learning that God is a solid and gentle place to land on EVERYTIME. [12.19.18] ⠀ ⠀
[THE SINNER] I grew up Christian, but I didn’t take faith seriously until college. In the beginning, I’d apologize and asked for forgiveness for every oops. Then after messing up more than a couple of times, asking for forgiveness became a routine. It was what I had to do because I sinned, but then I stopped asking because why seek forgiveness for something I wasn't feeling bad about or that I knew would/could happen again. • Then one day, I was sitting on my bedroom floor after I had just said some hurtful things to my sister. I knew I was wrong but I wasn't feeling bad about it yet. I was caught between acknowledging my wrong and not caring. Then I heard His ever present and loving whisper, “you don’t have to feel bad to acknowledge you made a mistake and to apologize. Feeling bad does not have to preclude seeking forgiveness. You were wrong whether you feel it or not." • It opened my eyes to the truth that seeking forgiveness or mending a wrong does not always have to stem from my feelings. When something is wrong, it is wrong, so give flowers. Start to fix it, and your feelings may follow, and even when they don't, still fix it. ⠀ [12.18.18]
#Repost @queerafricanreads with @get_repost ・・・ Charlotte of @half_book_and_co asked a few thought provoking questions last week that are great for wrapping up my year in reading. Feel free to answer them yourselves. Here are my responses. . 1. Did you have a specific focus in picking your books in 2018? . For a few years now I've been exclusively reading Black authors. This year I made a point to mostly read Black female authors. One of my favourites of the year was Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi. . 2. Are there any characters that stuck with you? . Aunt Lucia in Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga really stuck with me. She was so strong and formidable in the face of so much suffering. Although we don't see much of her in the trilogy, and I wish we did, she makes a brief reappearance in This Mournable Body. . 3. A non-fiction book which changed your perspective on something? . The Spirit of Intimacy by Sobonfu Some changed my approach to romantic love dramatically. Highly recommend. . 4. What was the best book title of 2018? . I want to be petty, so I'll say Children of Blood and None because of the recent controversy around it. 😁 . 5. Whose bookstagram content did you cherish this year? . @half_book_and_co works so very hard to bring a diverse experience to bookstagram. She also has an excellent newsletter that you all should subscribe to. . 6. Which 2019 releases are you most looking forward to? . I'm not looking forward to a particular release but if I had to pick I'd say I'd love to read Jennifer Makumbi's collection of short stories. . . #halfbook2018 #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors
Charlott of @half_book_and_co asked a few thought provoking questions last week that are great for wrapping up my year in reading. Feel free to answer them yourselves. Here are my responses. . 1. Did you have a specific focus in picking your books in 2018? . For a few years now I've been exclusively reading Black authors. This year I made a point to mostly read Black female authors. One of my favourites of the year was Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi. . 2. Are there any characters that stuck with you? . Aunt Lucia in Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga really stuck with me. She was so strong and formidable in the face of so much suffering. Although we don't see much of her in the trilogy, and I wish we did, she makes a brief reappearance in This Mournable Body. . 3. A non-fiction book which changed your perspective on something? . The Spirit of Intimacy by Sobonfu Some changed my approach to romantic love dramatically. Highly recommend. . 4. What was the best book title of 2018? . I want to be petty, so I'll say Children of Blood and Bone because of the recent controversy around it. 😁 . 5. Whose bookstagram content did you cherish this year? . @half_book_and_co works so very hard to bring a diverse experience to bookstagram. She also has an excellent newsletter that you all should subscribe to. . 6. Which 2019 releases are you most looking forward to? . I'm not looking forward to a particular release but if I had to pick I'd say I'd love to read Jennifer Makumbi's collection of short stories. Edit: I remembered that I'm also really look forward to reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, but I'm also afraid of the sheer size of it. 😥 . . #halfbook2018 #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors
[SANTIFICATION]⠀ transitive verb⠀ 1: to set apart to a sacred purpose or for religious use: CONSECRATE⠀ 2 : to free from sin: PURIFY⠀ [12.14.18]
2 0 1 9 come on through! Challenge founder: @madeputter I cannot wait to read a book a week! ( and squeeze in 2 during vacays!) I may change my list up though (especially because I read a few already 🤦🏿‍♀️), I’m feeling female fiction inclined... with a drizzle of global health themes ❤️ #myreadingchallenge54 #africanliterature #africanart #womenauthors #blackwomenauthors #africanwomenauthors #blackgirlmagic
[MIRROR] It was one of my weak moments and there are many of them. 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️ Let's call this particular one - COMPARISON. • I was venting in prayer about all my unanswered prayers. I shamelessly put one of my best friends by name before God and juxtaposed our lives. And just as clear as day, I heard in my heart: "If you look at her instead of me, you will crash and burn." Then the word "bronze snake" and then silence. • Googling bronze snake led me to Numbers 21:4-8 when God sent venomous snakes to the Isrealites because they were complaining and murmuring. 🙄The only way they could be saved was to look at a bronze snake. All kind of cringeworthy details, but go read it plus some commentateries. • Point taken! Case closed, but I'm still side-eying God. Gratitude can be so hard...I'm not going to sugar coat that mess...many days, I am so deep in my ingratitude that I have no desire to be thankful and other days, I am so deep in my sadness, I can't even see what to be thankful for! It is a daily journey to look at me and then at Christ. I’m also watching my heels...I HATE snakes. 😩
[EPIPHANY] e·piph·a·ny⠀ noun⠀ plural noun: epiphanies⠀ A moment of sudden revelation or insight.⠀ [12.10.18]
[PEARLS] ⠀ Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Never let it fade away. Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Save it for the rainy day. • For love may come and tap you on the shoulder some starless night. Just in case you feel you wanna hold her, you’ll have a pocketful of starlight. • Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Never let it fade away. Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Save it for a rainy day. • For when your troubles start multiplying and they just might. It's easy to forget them without trying with just a pocketful of starlight⠀ [12.07.18]
[SILENCE] Shame can lead to silence! It is a cloak and it covers both the good and bad. Silence is insidious seeping into every area of life and hampering you from dreaming and speaking what you want into existence. In my life, silence looked as harmless as making me a secretive person who kept every single little detail and desire to herself, and from friends and family. • Simple details like where I got a killer outfit to bigger details like my love life. Keeping everything close to my chest also meant I never ask for help or gave anyone a chance to speak the truth into my life, issues, and desires. And when no one in your life has a chance to speak life into your life and dreams because you have a wall, you will fail at those dreams and desires. And when you fail, silence burrows a deeper hole beckoning you further into its warmth. Silence is a tool of power and control... • Then freedom comes in the form of GRACE, tenacious friends, siblings that ALWAYS look out for your good, and parents who prays as if your life depends on it. Shame lies, freedom speaks the truth. It is the truth that sets free. • What are you keeping quiet about?⠀ [12.05.18] 📷: @leahbeilhart for @ayna_jewelry
[COMMUNITY DUMP] One of the biggest friction in almost all my friendships was (is) my wall. Believe it or not, I was a private and secretive person and to many extend I still am. I can be bold, enthusiastic and fun but getting to know me was a pain for anyone who tried. • I truly believe it started when I was about 9. I told my then best friend something in private. She told her brother. He told my sister and she told my dad in front of our entire compound. My sister was probably 11, and she knew no better, but how I felt in that moment is a feeling I may never forget...the shame sank into my bones. Whenever I think about that moment, I still have the same crawling feeling.That experience was a catalyst! • Then, four years ago, one of my best friends said to me in the middle of us resolving a huge conflict "You are so hard to reach. You can walk into a room, charm the entire room, share a lot and still not share a dang-on thing. People think they know you, but they don't.” She hit me hard...and that too was a catalyst. I knew I wanted and needed friends more than I needed my false wall of protection. • It pushed me to start dealing with my issues, and I am still a work in progress! [12.03.18]
[STAY READY] I recently shot my shot...🙌🏾 • Not that kind of shot...well, I did shoot that kind of shot via Instagram DM one time, 🙈 and the dude curved me.😪 In retrospect, I don't think he "sees" me, but that’s another lesson for another day. Anyways, I shot my shot with this Founder/CEO via email in October and then I slid into her IG DM. She responded to both and asked me for one thing...AND then crickets on my end... • You see I have been talking about putting the item she asked for in place for my business since February, but life got busy.😩 I did finally get to working on it in September, but we were in October and it wasn't ready. • I learnt one thing from that experience, you have to stay ready so you don't have to get ready. That’s one of the hallmarks of building a solid foundation. Opportunities can knock at the door from anywhere at anytime...I have learnt. Get my ducks in a row...dots the is and cross the ts. I finally sent it to her yesterday ...I know it is end of November. 😪🙈Wish me Godspeed! • Do you have any shooting your shot success or epic fail story? I want to hear them. [11.30.18] 📷: @shardelhaden
[ABOVE THE NOISE] For the most part of the spring and summer, navigating social media sometimes left me feeling pond scummed. It seemed like everyone had it together or were a million steps ahead of me. We all know that’s a lie, but feelings be strong sometimes. 🙄 Everyone also seemed to have an idea about how to get life, relationship, career, health etc together. You name it and there is an app for it, and sometimes you start to live in the noise. • Then in October, while sitting in my feelings, the Spirit gently nudged and reminded me that this was my busiest and most profitable year, and NONE of the growth, clients and relationships emerged on social media. They were all born of me doing the work behind the scene, connecting in real life and leaning into the people in my life. Social media has its place, gems and connections, but laying the foundation and building the structure that we all want will require building above the noise and the expectations of others. • So here is to letting go of Esau Syndrome - Trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short term appetite. It is a lonely but great view from up here, and a good place to start digging a solid foundation. [11.28.18] • How are you digging- above or in the noise? 📷: @shardelhaden
[MEASURED] Is anyone like me? You want to get everything that you want NOW! Whether it is a successful career, an amazing wife/husband, readymade children, a car, a house, a trip to Singapore, Bali and Maldives... the list of what we want is endless.⠀ •⠀ But I’m learning slowly that it is wise to build life on a strong, durable and deep foundation. This past year, I learnt (still learning) to move in pace with God and to rest. However, lately the biggest lesson I’m drawn to is the wisdom of moving and growing a foundation and structure in measured steps. A tree cannot grow without roots or with dead roots. Develop some roots before shooting up. One of my goals, even as I evolve, is to have “sustainable longevity.” I don't want to be a one-time wonder...so I am leaning into the Spirit and laying the foundation that would sustain all the structure I want to build into my life and business... it is going to take time...some times I walk, other times I run and most days, I am crawling...there is a destination and I will get there. ⠀ •⠀ What are you learning in this season? 📷: @shardelhaden
[UNRAVEL] Shed the pain and trauma in your cells one day at a time! Unlearn the lessons day by day. Live free, unfettered and unbound!⠀
[DAY ONE’S] A hearty flashback to last weekend celebrating @aphroditethethird #gameofthrones theme bridal shower and bachelorette. (SWIPE LEFT) • These ladies are my day one’s and we have more than a decade of history, Iove, debauchery, shenanigans and growth between us. They are my comfort zone and much more. • Three of ‘em bit the marital bullet this year and a few more to go. I wish @aphroditethethird all the best that marriage has to offer. I love you boo. #fbf
Closed off the month of October with a review of this book on the @rewritelondon website. Edited by @ladyphyll , it shares a few stories by same gender loving womxn in the UK. Link in bio. . . #queerlit #books #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica #bookstagram #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #africanliterature #queerafricanlit
Made it to the end of the month and, as expected, I only read one of the books that I picked out at the beginning of the month. I set out what I'd like to read but in the end I choose my books from emotion. Here's what I read: 1. The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - 🌟🌟🌟🌟 2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4. The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangarembga - 🌟🌟🌟🌟 5. Slave by Mende Nazer - 🌟🌟🌟 . . #rewritebookstachallenge #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookish
Connections! So last night I discovered that our host @octopus_literary_salon made this fun little display of #africanbookclub fall selections. While I was setting up, a guy politely offered to vacate his table. He then got all excited about #freshwaternovel , explaining that he was a #freshwaterbiologist married to a writer. I told him about the #igbocosmology @azemezi uses in the novel and that I've been using in my memoir. Eventually we discovered that we'd met once at the theatre with our dear friend @kiyoshio who is married to a freshwater biologist. Look at African literature bringing folks together (specifically on the #lasttuesday of the month)! . . #talktostrangers #weneeddiversebooks #africannovels #akwaekeemezi #nigerianbooks #ourladyofthenile @archipelagobooks #archipelagobooks #renaudot #rwandanauthor @scholastiquemukaso #scholastiquemukasonga #blackwomenauthors #blackwomenwriters #africanwomenauthors #africanwomenwriters #theultimatetragedy #penawards #abdulaisila @abdulaisila #guineabissau #booksintranslation #oaklandoctopus #octopusliterarysalon
It is with great ambivalence that I announce my decision to not buy any more books until I can read majority of the ones I have on my bookshelf. My TBR numbers in the hundreds, so let's see how long I can keep this up for. . . #rewritebookstachallenge #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #shelfie #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors
I'm what the ladies at @nabookpodcast would call a cover hoe. It took some time to get here but I'm so happy to have this cover of Kintu. 😄😄😄 . . #rewritebookstachallenge #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookish #books #kintu #jennifermakumbi
[LESSON] When a woman is fed up! Penned in 2016. • • #writer #editor #womanwriter #womaneditor
My weekend reads are also my paperback appreciation. Although to be fair about 99% of my books are paperback. Here's to a happy reading weekend for all. . . #rewritebookstachallenge #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors
[EVEN THEN...] In mid-July, I felt a nudge on my heart to stop working from 6a - 11p. I strongly felt called to work from 9a -6p, but I had a LONG to-do list and clients (read: bosses) to appease. Then, one morning in mid-August, I woke up with Psalm 127 on my mind. Not remembering what it contained, I opened up my Bible and it hit me right in the center of my heart... • "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves." • Let's just say, I got the message and immediately (not sure how I did it) started working from 9a - 6p (somedays 8p 🙈) as best I could. I used the evenings to do life 😄 and plan. This last quarter of the year, a big goal is to master the act of rest and see how I can succeed at it. It may forever be a work in progress. • Any suggestions to help a sister?⠀ • • #graceversushustle #inpacewithchrist
Two pretty purple-adjacent spines for today's #rewritebookstachallenge . . Open City is set in Manhattan, with memory flashbacks taking the protagonist to Nigeria and Belgium. Welcome to Lagos is set in, well, Lagos. Both get 5 stars from me for originality. . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #chibunduonuzo #tejucole
[DABBLE] All through 2017, the idea of REST over hustle kept showing up. However, I had a long to-do list and I was trying to build something. Honestly, I wasn't even sure what slowing down looked like, I had hustled for almost 7 years now and slowing down scared the ish out of me. • 2018 is the year, I decided to truly give the rest mindset a try. To be honest, I wasn't quite successful at it. I reverted back to what I knew..working 6a to 11p. I took on a lot, did the most, got stuff done and then got nothing done...all with nothing to show for it. It was one of my busiest year ever. I felt like God was calling me to rest, but opening up all these doors. So I went back to working hard and late, AND I was also overwhelmed and stressed. • Balancing working hard and resting remains a struggle. I wonder if anyone has it down...do you? • • #graceversushustle #inpacewithchrist
The #rewritebookstachallenge is forcing me to expose my tangential reading habits. 🤣 I started reading Slave and was struggling with it. I'm not one to DNF a book; I'd rather struggle to the bitter end no matter how long it takes. So I choose to intersperse the boring books with interesting ones. . I picked up Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo over the weekend for a break, and it was so good that I read it in one sitting. Still no compulsion to read Slave. . I picked up The Tent next and I'm struggling with this one too due to the heavy poeticism. I've decided to read the two books, mixing them with Angela Y Davis because she's just fabulous! . Also, can you tell how proud I am that my jumper matches my socks? 😁 . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #africanwomenauthors #MendeNazer #miralaltahawy #angelaydavis #angeladavis #africanliterature #africanauthors #womenliterature #womenauthors
[UNWIND] In the fall of 2016, I prayed the statement, “Lord, help me walk in pace with you." It actually fell out of my mouth, and it was scary, because I believed walking or keeping in pace with God meant REALLY SLOWING DOWN. And aint nobody got time for that! 🤷🏾‍♀️😜 Slowing down meant I wasn't going after all that is mine and all I could get in this season. Slowing down in my mind also meant laziness. Heck, I am young – this is not the time to slow down. My mates are here getting work done, and here I was praying about working in pace with God. • But, lately I am learning that God moves at many different speeds in different seasons of our individual lives. Sometimes he moves fast and other times slow. The thing is to keep pace with the Spirit in all seasons and at all times. • Is this just my struggle or is someone else out there scared of slowing down aka feeling the friction between rest and hustle? Share your thoughts...don’t leave me alone on the street corner. :) • • #graceversushustle #inpacewithchrist
My orange book for day 10 of the #rewritebookstachallenge is The Spirit of Intimacy by Sobonfu Some. I'm surprised that I haven't done a review of this book before considering I found it to be truly life changing. I bought it upon the discovery that there was a chapter on the role that gay men played in traditional Burkina Faso society, but found out instead that this little book has a lot much more to offer. . Sobonfu provides excellent lessons on navigating romantic relationships in a world so inundated wih Hollywood tropes, advocating instead for an indigenous African approach to love and life. A definite fave for this year. . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackauthors #blackwomenauthors #queerlit #books
Today's #rewritebookstachallenge is also a #giveaway to celebrate 500 followers and counting!!! One of my favourite queer authors is James Baldwin (bet you couldn't tell, haha), so I'm giving away two vintage copies of his books, as well as one brand new copy of Giovanni's Room. I'm also throwing in a Buchi Emecheta book because she's a forever fave. . I'm hoping that postal charges will let me make this giveaway a worldwide one. In order to participate, you need to: . 🐘 Follow me. Please follow and stay. I love you all. 😁 . 🐘 Like this post. . 🐘 Share this post on your instastories for 24 hours. . 🐘 Comment below on who your favourite Black queer authors are and tag a book buddy. . Giveaway closes on the 20th of October and the winner will be randomly selected. Good luck! . . #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #queerauthors #queerlit #books #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookstagram
For day 6 of the #rewritebookstachallenge which is dedicated to anthologies, I want to shout out this Granta collection that took me on a rapid trip across various African nations. The collection brings together notable African authors of both earlier and present times. Although I approached this book with the intention of discovering new authors, my personal favourites were by far the stories written by Chimamanda Adichie and Binyavanga Wainaina. . . #books #bookish #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica
Day 5 of the #rewritebookstachallenge is dedicated to a bookstack. Here are some of the books I've read and loved this year. . The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta . Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga . Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta . Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo . Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi . Edit: it's driving me mad that I forgot to add a filter to this photo but y'all... it's been a long week. 😥 . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #bookclub #bibliophile #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #BuchiEmecheta #tsitsidangarembga #chinelookparanta #AyobamiAdebayo #jennifermakumbi
Day 3 of the #rewritebookstachallenge is dedicated to my favourite 2018 debut. I would have to pick She Called Me Woman hands down because of the gap that it fills in documenting the stories of queer women from Africa generally, and Nigeria specifically. This anthology takes on the had task of making known and present the lesbian, bisexual, intersex and trans African womxn among us. We cannot be erased. . Check out my review of the book on the @rewritelondon website. Link in bio. . . #queerafricanlit #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica #bookstagram #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #bookclub #bibliophile
“...Broken ribs and swollen eyes heal. As do bloodied wombs. Crushed hearts grow, seal over. New flesh papery, delicate, taut, yet strong, a constant reminder that love is the consort of pain. Seeds take. Babies are born. Moonflowers blossom at evening in June. But some things once done cannot be undone...” #shortstory #AfricanWomenAuthors #amwriting #Fiction #moonflower #words #love #pain
Happy New Month everybody, and happy #internationalcoffeeday . Starting off this new month with @rewritelondon 's #rewritebookstachallenge . Like @jennreadsstuff I'm not one to set out my reading for the month, but these are the books I hope the spirit will lead me towards this month. 😁 . . #tbr #bookshelf #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookrecommendations #africanauthors #africanwomenauthors #blackwomenauthors #blackauthors #bookclub #bibliophile
Have y'all read Welcome to Lagos? It's one of those rare African books that doesn't take itself too seriously; doesn't tackle the "big African topics" too heavily; merely shows that life has a funny way of happening. It's also a typical book whose main focus areas are poverty, corruption and war. It's both things at the same time. . . #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #africanliterature #africanauthors #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #bookclub
“The water was our lifeblood, it was the road that had opened all roads. But now the wetlands and plains of the surrounding areas had been altered irrevocably by the god of trade. The pace of life has quickened and even we children were aware of it. Our quiet corner had been unshackled. It felt as though the whole world lay on our doorstep.” #Inyang , Water: New Short Fiction From Africa. New Internationalist Books 2016. I’ve been weaving evolving material cultures into my Atlantic themed watery worlds for a while now. Now formalising that research for my PhD. Progress. I’ll be happy when my short story collection and debut novel are finalised and published. This is one of the shorts. Read it here — https://maryo.co.uk/blog/2018/8/15/inyang #AndThereWasNoMoreSea #Calabar #AmReading #TransatlanticSlaveTrade #Manillas #Currency #Ships #Spirits #Comey #DockingTax #LongEighteenthCentury #CrossRiverState #Nigeria #AfricanFiction #AfricanWomenAuthors #BirthofModernCapitalism #slavery
So a couple of years ago I was told to read #Homegoing by #YaaGyasi because I was writing fiction which reexamines the Transatlantic slave trade. When I read it, I thought it was okay, but I wasn’t really feeling the prose (it’s simplistic which isn’t my thing) or the fact that the book is written as a series of vignettes. I don’t think Gyasi stays with her characters long enough to develop them. I did like the overarching continuities which illustrates well the legacies of Transatlantic slavery, particularly for the descendants of the enslaved. I discovered @ayeshahattah ’s #TheHundredWellsOfSalaga back in May, literally a month before my MPhil dissertation was due. The dissertation was about the ways in which Africans have memorialised slavery and the African slave trades in fiction. I had to drop one of the books I was using and switch to this. It offers brilliant insights into the ‘illegal’ slave trade (post British abolition in 1807) and the dynamics of the trade on African soil. It also offers a much needed gendered perspective on African slavery. I really appreciated the micro perspectives of the characters. The book helped me land a distinction. I’ll be referring to it in my PhD thesis which is in Atlantic history. I infinitely prefer it to Homegoing for its historical crafting and gorgeous prose. Another contender for book of the year. #africanliterature #africanfiction #africanwomenauthors #africanslavetrade #bookreview
Another contender for book of the year. Arimah has the art of the short story locked down. Every story hits you in the jugular. I’m eagerly anticipating her debut novel. #whatitmeanswhenamanfallsfromthesky #lesleynnekaarimah #africanliterature #africanfiction #africanwomenauthors #bookreview
Currently reading #theseboneswillriseagain by #panashechigumadzi . An important book. If you’re looking for an insight into the ousting of #Mugabe , it’s a must read. #africanliterature #africanwomenauthors
Posting published stories from my forthcoming short story collection, And There Was No More Sea, on my blog over the next month. Check it out. First up, Inyang (River) www.maryo.co.uk/blog #africanfiction #africanliterature #africanwomenauthors #shortstories #transatlanticslavetrade
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I suddenly found myself creating social media ads, discovering things I never knew existed on the internet. I started meeting people, and I got a job to promote an event for @prestigestylefashionuae (prestige fashion show). I didn’t even know who I was anymore. I was editing, proofreading, writing content, creating posters and flyers, promoting events, planning events, giving out business planning and strategy advice, seriously drawing on my rich previous work experience….. I still had students that I was home tutoring (teaching them English and preparing them for IELTS) as I used to be an IELTS tutor in Abu Dhabi before the kids came along. I still had my home to care for with all the endless duties! It became crazy. But I let the wind take me where it listeth. I successfully promoted and planned two other events. I even started a meetup group where I met face to face with other lady entrepreneurs, we had such a fantastic time. We shared ideas, business tips, advice and collaborated on several projects. It was unbelievable! I had moved from grumpy housewife and mom to fulfilled wife, mom, editor, proofreader, writer, event planner, social media promoter, content writer, advice giver and host! I attended other events, seminars, took online courses, took up every and any opportunity that came my way, succeeded at some, failed at others, improved, evolved, got discouraged, moved on, pressed forward and never gave up! And here we are today…phew! Many things happened to discourage me, I lost money along the way too, paying for apps I never used or just paying for the wrong service. I got scammed, experienced maltreatment and disappointment. I learned a lot of hard lessons too (watch out for ‘My Lessons from the University of Hard Knocks Series’). It's incredible how the number of discouragers you encounter as an entrepreneur far outweigh the number of encouragers and how people do not stick to agreements or disappoint you in ways only imagined, but I survived it all. #writewithswag is still standing. (Continued in Part 4)
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[BIRTHDAY GIRL] If you know me, you’d know I LOVE getting older. 🤷🏾‍♀️ I’m grateful for A LOT of things today, and among them is the typical family, Christ, friends, and health list. This year, I added two new things to the list of what I’m thankful for - MY MIND + MY HEART. ⠀ •⠀ A few weeks ago, one of my best friends told me that I’m fortunate to still have my mind and heart intact knowing the battle I have fought and still fight. It was such a great thing to hear her say, because she is a psychiatrist and has worked with a wide range of people including people in the military. Just a few years ago after coming out from under a thick storm, she told me I sound like a soldier who just got back home from a war front - some post traumatic syndrome-ish. A week or so after, I was standing in front of my bathroom mirror doing something regular, and I heard God say very gently “get back to writing and write to heal.” That was how my current blog came to be. I am a writer, and writing saved me. ⠀ •⠀ All that to say, the gift of a strong, balanced and thriving heart and mind, I don’t take for granted.⠀ •⠀ Happy Birthday to my gorgeous self. 🎁🎂🎉💥🎊🎈🍾💃🏾🥂 #birthdaygirl #birthdaybehavior #birthdayweekend • 📷: @marcellousstudios
[CONSISTENCY] Dark places can shroud the truth, but it can never change or alter it. Truth just like God is consistent. It pushes through the darkness and reveals light. ⠀ •⠀ Just a few days ago, Tuesday to be precise, I was back in that head on desk fighting back fear and tears position when this scripture dropped on my heart, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand...For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”⠀ •⠀ Like how many times do I need to be reminded that he is my helper...🤦🏾‍♀️ in one month? If I’m to confess, more that twice but I’ll get it...ONE DAY...I’m just not fully there yet. 🤷🏾‍♀️ • 📷: @marcellousstudios
[MY HELPER] In the midst of my storm, I looked up and there you were - my helper. ⠀ •⠀ I have been struggling with doubt this month, specifically questioning if God would come through on all I desire and all that he promised. Earlier this month, in the middle of one of those hard doubt storms, the kind that had me head down on my desk and crying (read: sobbing), this scripture dropped on my heart, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Amen. ⠀ •⠀ I have been sitting in this scripture and a lot more like it all July long. What scripture are you meditating on this month? • 📷: @marcellousstudios
🎸 La cantante y guitarrista africana Nélida Karr. Cantó sobre aquello que siempre queda, sobre seguir buscando y esperando caminando sola por la ciudad, sobre dejar atrás el rencor, sobre amar sin pedir nada a cambio, sobre el quedarse sin respiración cada vez que oye su voz; sobre vivir, soñar, no callar y alzar la voz sin miedo. Dijo que sólo buscaba dejar hablar al corazón en sus canciones, y así lo hizo, con una voz genial. Acompañada a la guitarra por su marido. ❤️ #nélidakarr #centrogarcíalorca #vocesafricanas #cantantesafricanas #africanwomensingers #africanwomenauthors #autorasafricanas #africanvoices #granadaguitarfestival
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