OPINION

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get … Continue reading

STANLEY AZUAKOLA: I WANT THE NLNG TO BE SO MUCH BIGGER AND BETTER

“Petty cash.” That was how the critic Molara Wood, then an editor at the defunct newspaper 234Next,described the then $50,000 prize money, which was supposed to, but was not awarded to any winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2009. Granted, she was speaking about the value of the prize to the company … Continue reading

#THINKOUTLOUD: JOHNBULL the LAWMAKER & Other SAD COMEDIES- Osowe Oluwagbenga

The Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria have a wise saying which when interpreted, literally means “when a situation is beyond grief, it becomes a cause for laughter”. Nothing describes the Nigerian situation better than this. I choose to call such situations #SadComedies. Enjoy some! JOHNBULL THE LAWMAKER #SadComedy 1 The teacher asks the class to … Continue reading

USING REAL PEOPLE IN STORIES – PT 2

Today we focus on the thorny issue of using real people in our stories, part 2 of 3 — guest columnist, Kelley Way, a lawyer specializing in literary law. If you have general questions for Kelley on contracts or other aspects of literary law, be sure to comment below. Thanks! PS. A list of books on literary law … Continue reading

MY CAINE PRIZE STORY BY TOLU OGUNLESI

I first heard about the Caine Prize in 2001, when Nigerian journalist Helon Habila won it. It was only in its second year; the debut prize awarded to Sudanese Leila Aboulela in 2000. I remember the Lagos Guardian’s coverage of it – as I write this, a black-and-white photo of Habila – posing next to that now-well-known statuette of … Continue reading

OPINION: WHY MARKETING GUYS MAY HATE ACCOUNTANTS

I almost chose some other title for this piece. ‘Why I hate Accountants’ would have come as a lacklustre way of glossing mediocrity with sensationalism. I almost hate them really, because they are the gas in the soft drink. I hate the gas down my throat but it makes drinking refreshing. To treat the gas … Continue reading

WHAT WILL SMITH CAN TEACH US ABOUT SALES

In the last ten years, Will Smith has made 10 movies. Of those 10, nine of them hauled in a minimum of $100 million in box office sales apiece. (Seven Pounds missed the mark by a measly $40 million.) If you think that his success is by accident, you’re wrong. It’s by educated, researched design. Many … Continue reading

USING REAL PEOPLE IN STORIES – PT 1

Today we focus on the thorny issue of using real people in our stories — from our guest columnist, Kelley Way, a lawyer specializing in literary law. If you have general questions for Kelley on contracts or other aspects of literary law, be sure to comment below. Thanks! PS. A list of books on literary law can be found here. … Continue reading