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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 #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
Head on over to the @rewritelondon website to read my review of Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone. No spoilers, I promise. Link in bio. #tomiadeyemi #childrenofbloodandbone #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica #bookstagram #bookreview
I read The Joys of Motherhood immediately after I was done with Stay With Me and boy, what a choice I made. I think Stay With Me derives some of its inspiration from this book, especially when it comes to themes of depseration for motherhood and the insanity that can come from the inability to have (or keep) children. But where Stay With Me seeks to inject a dose of positivity into the narrative, The Joys of Motherhood works to keenly slough away any positive ideas that one may have of a traditional African heterosexual marriage. There's so much that the main character battles with in her marriage, and life is made even harder by the surrounding circumstances: the colonial era, which brought with it capitalism and extreme poverty for the African classes, is a constant threat. But none of this phases her husband who must still assert himself as the head of the house. If anything, the hardship of their lives makes him an even more bitter man. Take a few naps in between reading this book. Have a chat with a friend. Step away from the depressive narrative once in a while. All in all an intriguing and super realistic book. I saw bits of men and women that I know in my real life, and pitied the narrative constantly hammered into women from birth, that we must be wives and mothers else our lives will be worthless. #TheJoysofMotherhood #BuchiEmecheta #bookstagram #africanliterature #bookstagramafrica #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #womenliterature #africanwomenauthors #africanauthors #womenauthors #bookclub
[ISSA FLASHBACK] Here is another image I love from the @grace_and_ivory_ shoot that was featured in @100_layercake. I know...I like weird-ish images. • 📷: @laurenlouisephoto ⠀ Shoot manager: @adeola.fadumiye ⠀ Dress: @grace_and_ivory_ ⠀ Venue: @ajax_dc ⠀ Bridal hairpiece & earrings: @littlethingsborrowed ⠀ Florals: @rockingbirdflowerco Rings: @malloryshelterjewelry Hair: @tress_styles ⠀ Make-Up: @mizchynuhdoll ⠀ Bride: @anna_baby22 ⠀ Menswear: @ezrapaulclothing Groom: @capturecomposecreate ⠀ Furniture: @smthingvintage ⠀ Cake: @fleur.and.flour ⠀ Invitations: @staccatoinvites
[COMING TO TERMS] At the end of May, the first project I managed in 2018, a bridal styled shoot for @grace_and_ivory_ , was featured in @100_layercake My reaction to the news was tamed. Don't get me wrong, I was happy, but I was not bubbling over with joy like I do when I see my byline in a magazine. • After much thought, I am realizing that for me as a project manager, the successful execution of a project and event is the cake, and getting the project published is the icing. I was the last person to leave the venue for the Grace + Ivory shoot, and I remember floating on air knowing all the planning came to a good end. I share more on the blog this week. #linkinbio • 📷: @laurenlouisephoto ⠀ Shoot manager: @adeola.fadumiye ⠀ Dress: @grace_and_ivory_ ⠀ Venue: @ajax_dc ⠀ Bridal hairpiece & earrings: @littlethingsborrowed ⠀ Florals: @rockingbirdflowerco Rings: @malloryshelterjewelry Hair: @tress_styles ⠀ Make-Up: @mizchynuhdoll ⠀ Bride: @anna_baby22 ⠀ Menswear: @ezrapaulclothing Groom: @capturecomposecreate ⠀ Furniture: @smthingvintage ⠀ Cake: @fleur.and.flour ⠀ Invitations: @staccatoinvites
I am reading my third book in as many days. Whether all other responsibilities have been shirked or not is not to be discussed. Let's discuss Stay With Me instead. How sad is it that the lives of women are reduced to their ability to find a husband and have children? And where does that leave a woman who is unable to have children, especially in a society where the virility of her husband is unquestioned? This books saddened me so much, because it paints an extremely glib picture of the lives women have to endure under the pressure of patriarchy, where they are reduced to their ability to be wives and mothers. (Reading Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood immediately after made the situation even worse.) It also tackles matters such as parental abandonment and deceit. Sad but wonderful read. PS: Did I say I'm not reading any more Nigerian authors this year? I clearly lied. #AyobamiAdebayo #StayWithMe #africanwomenauthors #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica #bookstagram #womenauthors #bookshelf #bookrecommendations
Your friendly reminder that my review of Under the Udala Trees is on the @rewritelondon website. Link in bio. I also have a review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi coming out soon so look out for that. #undertheudalatrees #chinelookparanta #childrenofbloodandbone #tomiadeyemi #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica #bookstagram #bookreview #bookclub #bookshelf #bookrecommendations
[LATELY] With growth and open doors come overwhelm, stress, doubt and their counterparts, but then I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let my foot slip — he who watches over me will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over me will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over me — the Lord is my shade at my right hand; the sun will not harm me by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep me from all harm — he will watch over my life; the Lord will watch over my coming and going both now and forevermore.⠀ • This is the prayer on my heart and lips lately... 📷: @zoomworx
[LANGUAGE] I finally got around to writing my thoughts about #weneednewnames by NoViolet Bulawayo. This book was a lot of things, but the most delightful part about reading We Need New Names was the language. • Language is a beautiful thing, and the NoViolet Bulawayo uses it beautifully. She wrote and used English in the novel like only an African would. Reading her words was familiar, and I knew deep within my guts that she wrote this book for us and with us in mind. Her use of language is strong, energetic, witty and funny. She tackled some hard topics, but also made me laugh A LOT. I am still amazed at how much I giggled while reading this book. Her sense of humor especially in translating and blending the English language into the layered nuances of an African tongue was impressive. Above all, she wrote and spoke the characters without condescension. She wrote the world of Darling and her friends with strength and assurance of who they were in the world they occupied. • I shared a few more thoughts on the blog today. #linkinbio
[FAVORED] A lot can happen in seven months, and a lot did happen in seven months. In December, I moved in faith and dropped a lot of the things I was doing for work. I dusted my resume and stepped back into the job market. It was DRY at the start of the year, and I was stuck between looking for a full-time job and securing a mix-match of projects, primarily because I felt led to choose the latter over the former. However, I was nervous. The entrepreneurial life had taken a lot out of me and I needed a break. But God impressed it heavily on my heart so I made a list of business owners and entrepreneurs I wanted to work with, and I began cold and warm connecting to introduce myself as a project manager. • Fast forward to July, and things are A LOT different. I am working on a mix-match of projects just as God impressed on my heart in December. I am managing photo shoots, video shoots, re-branding projects, events, product launches, events for pop-up shops and social media content. • And I am still writing…God is blowing me away, and I am thankful. • On the blog today, I shared a Currently Living post – all about my career, love-life, travel and so much more. 📷:@zoomworx
[SURVIVORS] When @radianthealthmag reached out to me about writing this 5-article story, I was blown away. They found me here on Instagram, and it was God way of reaffirming me. Hustle will never get you where grace would. • The icing on the cake was the kind of story I was asked to cover and the women I got to pick and interview for this story. African women at home and in the diaspora who had gone through pain and how they came out or are coming out. Stories of war, trauma, disease, death... it is the kind of stories I want to tell whether in text or in film. • Available online today and in @barnesandnoble on Friday. Ships worldwide too. • Photos: @ahmadbarber MUA: @ericabogartbeauty Hair: @illustrious_cuts Styling: @raycmone Cover + issue design: @zoo_as_zoo
[SURVIVORS] I have been speculating for over 6 months now about who was going to be on the cover of this @radianthealthmag issue. I even asked my editor, @nikki_igbo , but you know, top secret and sealed lips. 🙄😜🤣 I did not for once guess @luvvie , and I’m happily surprised. • Btw, Nikki is an amazing editor, and I totally enjoyed working with her and would do it again. She gave great feedback and spoke life. 💕 • Available online today and in @barnesandnoble on Friday. Ships worldwide too. • Photos: @ahmadbarber MUA: @ericabogartbeauty Hair: @illustrious_cuts Styling: @raycmone Cover + issue design: @zoo_as_zoo
[SURVIVORS] I’m so excited to share this @radianthealthmag issue, because ONE, @luvvie is on the cover and she is lit, and TWO, I wrote a 5-article story for this issue. • I interviewed five amazing and magical black women about their story of survivor and triumph. It was a huge honor. • Available online today and in @barnesandnoble on Friday. Ships worldwide too. • Photos: @ahmadbarber MUA: @ericabogartbeauty Hair: @illustrious_cuts Styling: @raycmone Cover + issue design: @zoo_as_zoo
[PROGENY] To the best that ever did it. Happy Fathers Day! ❤️
[ROUND TWO] So right after I finished the shoot for @grace_and_ivory_. I was approached by @nnaturalhairstudio to help produce and manage a natural hair bridal shoot. So much for getting away from weddings, but God had other plans. LOL! Well, it was another paid project in a dry season, so I attacked location scouting, model calls and everything in between with ferocity. It was a beautiful shoot, and all the vendors were amazing. • And just last week, that shoot, my second of the year, was accepted and published in @munaluchibride. • Honestly, I had no idea what was in store when I decided to drop all I was doing with my writing and managing skills and to go with the foggy idea of what I wanted to do with them. I just moved. Heck, it is still foggy, but with each project and story client (more on that to come), it gets clearer. Currently working on four photo shoots and a video shoot. Day by Day! • Hair: @nnaturalhairstudio Florist: @beaud écor Photography: @zoomworx Shoot Manager: @adeola.fadumiye Venue: @miltonridge Bridal Dress (Plus): @curvaceouscouturebridal Bridal Dress (Small): @grace_and_ivory_ Menswear: @blanklabelclothing Accessories: @littlethingsborrowed Makeup: @makeupby_pnang Bride: @tazahthemodelvixen Groom: @droid_reaper Bride: @oluwatoyinpyne Groom: @vbronson86 Videography: @certified.official
I'm not sure if it makes any sense at all but I've been feeling extra gay this month. Pride month comes with great courage and freedom of expression. But I've also been feeling extra depressed (did you know that bisexual women have higher depression rates than their straight and lesbian counterparts? https://www.hrc.org/blog/bisexual-health-awareness-month-mental-health-in-the-bisexual-community) which I guess comes with the territory. So I granted myself some extra time in bed to read this new book, an anthology of queer narratives from Nigerian women. (Also, I'm amazed by how much Nigerian content I read, but I guess it goes to show that Nigeria is leading the progressive literary march in Africa.) Back to reality (and emails). #queerlit #queerafricanlit #bookshelf #bookrecommendations #shecalledmewoman #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #bookstagram #bookstagramafrica #bookclub
Happy Pride Month, everybody! I am so very excited to announce that I am working with @rewritelondon , a global collective for women of colour writers, who launched their website this past weekend. My first article is a review of Under the Udala Trees. Link in bio. #undertheudalatrees #chinelookparanta #bookreview #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #womenliterature #womenauthors #africanwomenauthors #queerlit
[100 LAYERS] In 2016, I decided to shut down a lot of things from writing for businesses under JostWrite to planning weddings under Crystiana Events (I am open to subcontracts). Some great things happened in 2017 like @yale and @startingbloc , and I also let go of a lot more stuff and dreams even. It was immensely hard, but I had a foggy idea of what I wanted to do with my writing and managing skills — I want to tell stories and I want to manage projects and events — so I jumped in and followed the crumbs. In early 2018, things were dry, but I kept on because I was on my journey to clarity of vision and purpose. • Yesterday, the very first project I was asked to manage in 2018, a bridal photo shoot for @grace_and_ivory_ , was featured on @100layercakes (I can't get away from weddings, it seems. LOL). ❤️ • 📷 by @laurenlouisephoto Shoot manager: @adeola.fadumiye Dress: @grace_and_ivory_ Venue: @ajax_dc Bridal hairpiece & earrings: @littlethingsborrowed Florals: @rockingbirdflowerco Rings: @malloryshelterjewelry Hair: @tress_styles Make-Up: @mizchynuhdoll Bride: @anna_baby22 Menswear: @ezrapaulclothing Groom: @capturecomposecreate Furniture: @smthingvintage Cake: @fleur.and.flour Invitations: @staccatoinvites
No plans, no Memorial Day BBQs, so I'm diving into Kenyan epic, DUST, postponed from an earlier African Book Club. I was cleverly tryna use ABC to read about places I planned to visit during Winter Break, and coincidentally, I ended up postponing my visit Kenya too (in favor of my mainland Tanzania safari/Zanzibar beach/Congo wedding trip). You on my Sabbatical 2019 list though, baby! • • • Tues June 5, 7-9pm @octopus_literary_salon • • #yvonneadhiamboowuor #winawood #africanprints #firsttuesday #firsttuesdayofthemonth #oaklandoctopus #readafrica #weneeddiversebooks #oaklandreads #blackauthors #blackwriters #blackauthor #blackwriter #blackwomenauthors #blackwomenwriters #africanwomenauthors #africanwomenauthor #blackwomenauthor #blackwomenwriter #africanwomenwriters #africanwomenwriter #kenyanauthors #kenyanwriters #kenyanauthor #kenyanwriter #africanbookclub
[TRANQUILITY] My mother calms storms, and it is the number one trait I appreciate in her. I grew up in a home of raging wolves. LOL! Let's be honest, three self-assured Leos and one intense Scorpio can be overwhelming in any conversation or situation. However, at the end of the day, when my mom, an Aquarius, speaks, we all pause to hear her take. • This week, and in honor of my mother and Mother’s Day, I share five things I appreciate about my mom on the blog. #linkinbio
[WAY MAKER] This book tapped on my nerves and got me in my feelings. I screamed quite a bit at the characters and at the walls of my bedroom while I was reading it. I finished #daughterswhowalkthispath earlier in the year, but the characters stayed with me. It was a familiar story but every time I thought I knew what was coming, it took an unfamiliar turn. For most of the opening chapters, I thought I was reading about my childhood with my siblings and neighborhood kids, and it was truly endearing. • Check out my blog, #linkinbio , for more about this book by @yejidekilanko , leave a comment and buy a copy @amazon. • Image via @brownwyn_sees
[GUIDE] "...He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake..." • Lovely afternoon in Savannah, GA w/ one of my besties whom I haven’t seen in forever. 🙄😜 @nygirltb. The photo was also taken by her.
[THANKFUL] Celebrating @citygirlblogs birthday today. You are truly a gift that keeps on giving, and I'm blessed to have you and R in my life. I hope you have a splendid birthday filled with everything you desire and want. ⠀ • Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎁🎈🎉🍾🙌🏾 ——————————— In honor of you and your born-day, I share 10 reasons why you are outstanding to me on the blog today. #linkinbio
[PROVIDER] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want...You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...⠀ • Studious afternoon in New Haven, CT.
[BACK TO BASICS] One of my second quarter 2018 goals is to get back to REST and to work from and with GRACE. Doing a lot means nothing gets done or done well. I’m course correcting in April.⠀ • Reading is one thing that helps me relax and breath. I’m CURRENTLY READING #weneednewnames by NoViolet Bulawayo and JUST READ #daughterswhowalkthispath by @yejidekilanko [Thoughts coming soon]. ————————— A new CURRENTLY LIVING post is up on my blog and I share more on REST, MANIFESTATION & a few things I have been up to since the year started. [Link in bio]
[DETACHMENT] I have a confession ya'll! I don't care about Easter and I'm unable to care. To be honest, I get a little resentful at Easter. It always comes and goes like any other day...I hate going to church at Easter, frankly, I don't go. • Are there any professing Christians and believers out there like me? To be honest, I feel the same way about Christmas, Baptism, Communion and many Christian rituals - Detached! I use to feel guilty, but now I frankly don't care to bother or to reflect. The petty side 😜 of me gets irritated at people who after taking communion look serene, act serene and then, bow their heads to pray. I want to whack 'em, but Jesus. 🙈🤷🏾‍♀️ • But then I didn't celebrate or connect with my own birthday at one point, and even now, I rarely celebrate it. Anyone like me? ⠀ • I shared some insights as to why on the blog today. I'm wondering if I make sense to myself, but bear with me when you read. #linkinbio
[PIVOT] I am a logical creative...if that makes sense, but who cares, I made it up. LOL. My creative side writes, and my logical side executes. • After shutting #Jostwrite down in 2016 and pausing @crystianaevents last year, my starting plans were to pitch story ideas and write, and to use my logistics skills in a 9-5 or on a mix-match of project-based work. I wasn't exactly set on the kind of job or projects, but I had an idea so I moved on that. Not long after I decided to move forward with my foggy vision, @grace_and_ivory_ 💕asked me to manage a shoot that birth this beautiful image, then a friend asked me to manage a project, and then another company asked me to manage another project, I have had two people who are opening up two different medical practices ask me in two separate conversations about managing for them [I have an MPH, and I worked in a clinic doing similar work for four years, so not out of the blues] and on and on...cha-ching! LOL • When you want something, PRAY ABOUT IT AND WORK/WALK TOWARDS IT, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. You just watch it bloom and then evolve. I’m putting more stuff out in the universe and specifically in God’s hands.
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