Maybe the problem is we try to label everything – I’m a fiction blogger, I’m a lifestyle blogger, I’m a health blogger, I’m a food blogger, yada yada yada. What if I don’t want labels? What if I don’t want a niche? What if I just want to write whatever I feel like writing?
Nollywood. Nigeria’s film industry. We churn out thousands of films in a year. A few, good. Most, I can’t stand. It’s funny; I watched many Nollywood films as a child, mostly rented from video clubs. Those were the good old days, yea? But, I’m not nostalgic. Over time, as I noticed the difference between American…Continue Reading “I’ll stop being too hard on Nollywood. Here’s why.”
The words ‘African’ and ‘sci-fi’ are hardly seen side by side in a sentence, but that doesn’t mean they can’t fit snugly together. Pumzi is an East African sci-fi short by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, who’s also the mind behind LGBT story ‘Rafiki’. I watched Pumzi sometime in the third quarter of 2018, 9 years…Continue Reading “Have You Seen Pumzi?”
I love short stories. I’ve always considered flash fiction my thing, so much that I’ve almost completely written off the idea of writing a full-length novel. 2 months ago, I challenged myself to write a series of short stories, 300 words each. Each episode would continue the same story. I christened this baby of mine…Continue Reading “Can You Write a Story in 300 words? I Tried and Here’s What I think.”
I’m a good pretender, I know. Or maybe a bad one who is too stubborn to say anything. Until I reach a tipping point, that is. The surprise on Mariam’s face. I could tell that she didn’t expect Nisa to say anything. Did she really think the woman would keep it to herself? Why did…Continue Reading “Energy – Episode 5”
“How do we get real money?” “I don’t know. Let’s just save as much of it as we can.” “And do what with what we save?” I sense the irritation in Mamudu’s voice. “Wallahi, it doesn’t make sense!” “Kai, Mamudu! Must you complain? Abi, is it because I got the job and you didn’t?” Pause….Continue Reading “Energy – Episode 4”
I wish Ahmed would just go away. I need him to keep me updated with what’s going on in town though: no man got a letter from the company, Haroon is getting a divorce, the council is somehow conniving with the Company and Ahmed himself suspects his wife Nisa of having an affair. Now that…Continue Reading “Energy – Episode 3”
Who would believe that I’m still a virgin? Two months into a marriage!
Maamuuduuuu!” “Mamuuduuuuuu!!! Come ooo!!!” “Why are you shouting? I’m right here.” I don’t understand why the woman has to shout. Just two months in the marriage and I’m always irritated with her. “Seee!” Mariam holds a piece of paper in front of my face as I rise from the plastic mat on which I lie….Continue Reading “Energy – Episode 1”
I’ve never successfully pulled off a story series before. I tried one on my old blog, but took it down after only a few episodes because I wanted to turn it into a book instead. Well, there’s no book and the story is still where I left it, if I can ever find it again,…Continue Reading “Anticipate “Energy””