Posts Tagged ‘The Funeral Did Not End’

So i decided to gather my short stories published in various journals and sites over time..to put them together in a page. Some of the sites no longer exist and sadly those stories are gone…

Here are those i found. Those included in my 2012 collection The Funeral Did not End have been marked.

Confessions in AFREADA | February 2016

On the Hot Seat in African Writer | January 2010 (TFDNE)

Samia in Thrice Fiction & Parresia Blog | December 2018

Will you hug me again in Brittle Paper | March 2016

The Lunch on Good Friday in Maple Tree Literary Supplement | August 2010 (TFDNE)

The Lunch on Good Friday (Audio) in Pixelhose | September 2013

Dodan Barracks in Nigerians Talk Lit Mag | June 2012

JAMB in Nigerians Talk Lit Mag | November 2013

Epiphanies in ITCH Creative Journal | February 2016

Death on Gimbiya Street in Saraba | February 2010 (TFDNE)

Guilt Trip in Saraba | February 2013 (TFDNE)

The Assembly of the Former Heads in Kalahari Review | December 2014

Tunji’s Proposal in StoryTime | July 2009 (TFDNE)

My Ex in StoryTime | August 2009 (TFDNE)

Call Room in StoryTime | August 2011 (TFDNE)

Memories of Doctor Death in Prick of the Spindle | March 2013

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lagos-traffic-congestion1-670x502The world is in awe. Pundits have for long wondered what is in the air we breathe or the water we drink in these parts, that spurs the depth and variety of stories we tell. What with the number of new Nigerian writers who have emerged in the last decade-walking the path of greats like Achebe, Soyinka, Okigbo and Okri-telling their stories, garnering literary prizes, headlining international literary festivals and imprinting the country in the global literary map.

The secret is simple. Our lives, our history are a rich story that has been waiting to be told. We have come to the realization that for our country to remain significant in a globalised world, we need to tell our stories and show the world the other side of us; the side Western news reports have ignored.

This task is made simple by the fact that we do not need to go off in search of the stories. They are all around us. They come to us; these stories. We find them in the loud honking by danfo drivers which to the untrained ear is noise, but which indicates drivers conversing with themselves. We find them in the screams of the bus conductor as he chants his routes, poetry and rap fused into one. We find them as we sit by the bus window in traffic, the child hawker and the teenage Gala seller whose sprint in pursuit of a bus and potential sale rivals Usain Bolt’s. The stories meet us at our colourful ceremonies in celebration of marriages, births and deaths. They gnaw at us. They wish us to tell them. We oblige.

These stories, these expressions of our humanness, these testimonies to our creativity and ingenuity find expression in the group of men Eko d musicaland women who with handheld cameras and sparse budgets have shot movies seen in homes all over the globe. It glows in the young men and women doing menial day jobs to save money for studio time at night, recording beats the world now dances to. It is brought to life in the creativity of techies who do not agree with the widely held belief that Nigerians have no other use for the computer but for crime and are writing complex programmes and moving startups to profitability in record time. These stories are us and we are the stories.

I recently published a collection of some of these stories titled The Funeral Did Not End, twenty stories which peer into the fabric of the Nigerian society, offering a delightful insight into the daily lives of our people.  The stories are a product of my conversations with my country and an effort to demonstrate through words, the potential of greatness embedded in the Nigerian Spirit. I am only one out of a generation who have resolved to write their nation back into reckoning and preserve in the process, the rich heritage of their people. The stories are begging to be told. The world cannot read enough of us.

This piece first published here is part of the 30 days of Lagos special feature building up to Eko The Musical 2014, an initiative of Creative Nigeria project. 

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So early this week, Bob Dourandish of Pixelhose released the audio of my story “The Lunch on Good Friday” as well as the full copy rights to it. An awesome gift. Its my first story in audio form and it is simply wonderful listening to it. I must confess i have had it on repeat all day.

The Lunch on Good Friday is one of the stories in my book The Funeral Did Not End published in Nigeria by DADA Books. You can find out all about the book and about me here 

Enjoy the audio on Sound cloud by clicking on this link The Lunch on Good Friday

Do drop a thought when you are done.


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2013 I have not blogged in a bit. Not on strike or anything. Just got busy. There was work, then exams to prepare for and write and then the holidays came on me…like a thief in the night.

I woke up this morning-Boxing Day with no box to open, not even an envelope to unseal. Thinking about it however, the gifts, unmerited favours, breakthroughs and sheer love I have received this year is enough to fill so many boxes that should I begin to open them up, a day would not be enough.

So I decided to drop these few lines to say thank you.

To God, the almighty. You see, this year was a hell of a challenging time for me. There were moments the dark clouds loomed so large it threatened to sink me in despair. But through it all, God made his word true. It doesn’t matter that the ‘to-do’ list I came up with on the 1st of January still remains over 50% undone, I have come to appreciate better the love of God, what it means to wait on Him and that He truly never fails.

To my family. Ndi nji eme onu. Spending the last few days with everyone has planted many beautiful flowers in my memory that will be cherished for life. I can’t thank you enough. For the support, the friendship, the faith. This bond can only get stronger after the things we went through together and conquered this year. I love you guys.

I don’t have too many friends (forget what facebook says), but the few I have got are friends to die for. I hate to mention names for I run the risk of leaving some names out. However these few I will mention; Mimi, the strong pillar, Charlazo the solid rock,TD, my other Daddy and Unoma Gee for those many calls and BB pings to ask about my Mum.

I thank my Nigerian publishers DADA Books for finally ending the wait and releasing my collection of stories The Funeral Did Not End. If you are yet to grab a copy check out where HERE. The reception has been amazing and the feedback humbling. I thank everyone who has bought a copy, attended my reading, interviewed me or wrote a review or those who have simply dropped a line to say “I read your book and I liked it”, You guys make it worth it. Mazi Fred Nwonwu, I owe you a lot.

I must mention Coca-Cola Nigeria for the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the “A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa” Campaign. Besides affording me the platform to speak for my much battered country and continent, it was a time to learn a lot about who we are and what we can do to be better. I thank the wonderful people at C and F Porter Novelli for the time and to my friend Chinedu Ozordi for making it happen.

I said this will be brief right? Its actually beginning to look lengthy. So I must stop now. But just to say to everyone who I encountered this year online or in the flesh, everyone who made me smile, who gave me a shoulder, who encouraged me, who taught me something new, who showed me love, who made me believe again, who read my blog and followed my column, a big THANK YOU.

If in the course of the year, I hurt you, made you mad or feel insulted, I honestly regret it and hereby apologise. Life is too short to keep grudges. Let’s turn a new leaf and make the best of what time we have left here.

I am confident that the New Year will be a good one for all of us, not because every church sticker around screams it but because like they say, after thunder comes rain…after a dark night comes a beautiful morning. I am confident that the dark nights are over, that the New Year shall be our beautiful morning.

Daalu nu.

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I had a conversation with my friend Chioma Chuka recently. The discussion centered around my upcoming book launch and other issues related to my writing. Here is what we talked about.


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Here are outlets where you can purchase copies of my book The Funeral Did Not End.

1. DADA stores, 1st Flr. 95 Bode Thomas Str. Surulere, Lagos.
2. The Hub, The Palms Mall, Lekki
3. Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
4. Quintessence, Falomo Shopping Complex, Ikoyi, Lagos.
5. University of Lagos Bookshop, Akoka, Lagos.
6. Debonnaire Bookstore, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.
7. Pharm Affairs, Ogudu Road. Lagos
8. Patabah Bookshop, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Complex, Surulere, Lagos.
9. University Bookshop, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife.

More outlets to follow. Digital copies available on Takada from September 15 2012

Rememeber, the launch date is 15th September 2012 @ Kongi’s Harvest Arts Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos Island. 5pm. See details HERE

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I am very excited and understandably so. My long awaited book The Funeral Did Not End is finally set for release from the stable of DADA Books.

As the count down to the launch date gets on the way, the wonderful team at DADA Books has come up with this lovely trailer presented in the true Nollywood style for the books launch. I just can’t stop playing it LOL.

There is also an event page here that captures everything about the book, me the author and the schedule for the book presentation. You might also register as a guest and don’t say I told you, registering could win you some freebies. 🙂


What is more? my book will be available as an E-Book on TAKADA, a proudly Nigerian digital book application.  Check it out http://www.takada.com.ng/

So let’s make it a date. .

When? Saturday 15th September, 2012

Where? Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

Time: 5-7pm

Gate fee: FREE

Copies to be available nationwide after the launch.

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