Friday, September 21, 2007


The most blazingest Nigerian blogs out there for me right now are the following –This here, is Molara Wood’s blog. I discovered it from The Guardian newspaper which is actually one of my favourite newspapers in Nigeria. (Word to Jahman Anikulapo and the venerated Dr. Reuben Abati) Her writing style is just succulently robust and I’m glad she’s got a finger on the Nigerian literary scene both at home and abroad. Check out her short story at It’s called "Gani’s Fall." - I can safely say that Wole Oguntokun made me start my own blog. I’m relatively new to the intricacies and technical mumbo-jumbo of blogging, but his blog has made me delve further. And in fact it took me a while to know that laspapi and the writer of "The Other Side’ is one and the same man. I have not had a chance to watch any of his plays and I have only seen a poster and a programme of it in Unilag but I am stricken by this man. Just from his blog. The blog is mostly about his travails (?) as it concerns the staging of plays for a not-too-theatre-conscious Nigerian public (or shall I say Lagos public?), his introspective and sometimes hilarious musings and his wickedly truthful delivery on relationships which comes across as very useful advice to ladies. See The Girl Whisperer. The photos are also very, very welcome. Ah! STOP PRESS: This blog is not by a Nigerian! I saw this blog from Ms. Wood’s page and ever since I have been a fan of Jeremy Weate. His point of view is extremely refreshing not to say anything of balanced. Especially for a non-Nigerian. These are the same qualities that make me deeply affected by Abati’s editorials in The Guardian.
Mr. Weate makes me look totally ignorant though I'm quite glad to give him that right. He reminds me of a character from Walter Mosley's book "Cinnamon Kiss" whom was said to "know things that most people didn't know they didn’t know", so anytime I need a fix of knowledge (as I am a knowledge junkie see or I want to find out things I should be Googling, I dive into like a rock fan would into a mosh pit. This is the only blogger on my list that I can’t put a face to but his blog says he’s "a Nigerian man with an interest in reading, writing, food, music and travel…in the UK". The preceding entry is a British man blogging in Naija while this entry is a Naija man blogging in the UK and they share a lot of similarities. This blog here shows a man living away from home but still concerned about the home front and how he interacts and navigates through other men’s lands. This man makes me hungry for books more than ever with his voracious appetite for literary fiction. That same sense of ignorance assails me when I read through but I guess I will get there. I just have to up my ante. (note to uknaija: please don’t let me get near your library/study/bookshelf etc. or I might just become a biblioklept :-)
This blog can do with more pictures though, other than that, I am coasting with uknaija!

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