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Twitter swipe: Half of a Yellow Sun reawakens the feeling of loss

Human beings are full of emotions. Emotions however are a whole pack of feelings every individual person experiences. A feeling like loss is one that evokes high propensity to anxiety. We are talking about the feeling of loss. We took a swipe at twitter and found how Walter prompted a reawakening of a creative, fictitious loss of over ten years. The loss is grafted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. The book winds down with one of its most cherished characters missing after the civil war and it is Kainene, Olanna’s twin sister. As Half of a Yellow Sun is creative and fictional, it is also realistic. Everyone loves the feeling of happiness notwithstanding how temporal, but the feeling of loss is gargantuan. Loss is always devastating, one could imagine how Ric...

The portrait of a man we raise but do not want

Male masculinity is a topic that raises eyebrows because of it’s perceived oddity. A topic that demands lots of courage to be talked about. However, The Portrait of a Man We raise but do not want is a soul searching 2-part audio session where Jenny Chisom brings salient masculinity flashes to mind and hopes it helps parents reveal hidden ideology and helps every man mirror himself through it. It is a food for thought for females as well in what is a collective measure for raising strong stable and more responsible males. Click here to listen and download podcast. Author: Jenny Chisom Photo credit: Jenny Chisom

Writers block

Writers block is a phenomenon that exists either known or unknown, regardless of ones exposure to the writing space. Writers block is a range of period a writer actually figures nothing to write as though her ocean of words were suddenly dried up. It could leave one with the feeling of despondency, frustrating experience especially when it is a topic of mismanagement. The Lao Tsung says mastering others requires strength but mastering yourself needs strength. Nonetheless, self mastery is a virtue when there is a stake at your reactions; you wouldn’t need to flare up; you wouldn’t have to quit writing because it’s not going your way. Needless to say, things don’t always go our preferred ways despite the resources invested. But it doesn’t have to be so always wi...

Up and out of societal restraint: celebrating divergence

  One doesn’t just owe ones ward the duty of instilling in them the right socially accepted standards. But also, to protect them against ‘socially accepted wrong’ and inconsequential standards we are meant to bend to. Yep some inconsequential standards are there for moderation but shouldn’t be hammered into the child with ferocious inclination. It’s overwhelming the way the Afro-Nigerian society weigh heavily on the shoulders of the left handed, and even address them as out caste. Thus making parents beat their kids into becoming right handed willy nilly. This is inconsequential, who gets hurt because ones neighbor is left handed? Could this be our own way of being untolerating non-conformist and divergence? We go about shaming others for being different ...

Expectations: The New Horror Flick

Introducing: Jerusha Sammy There’s nothing scarier than expectations. The ones you place on yourself is on a mild scale, the ones others place on you is like a grim reaper ready to stab your face with a huge garden fork each time you fall short of expectations. Expectations don’t just measure your achievements, they measure your inadequacies too. One crazy thing about expectations is that each time you fall short, at that time your stack inadequacies, laxity, indifference glares right into your eyes like watching a shark horror flick in a pool and a mischievous person swims underneath with a rumble that makes you feel like you just sunk your feet into a shark’s expectant jaw. Expectation has anatomy too. It has an emaciated frame like that rickety, old looking 2002 calend...

The making of the sands of time

We come back to introduce new chapters to our collection of categories; now dare to speak and culture talk coming soon. Starring; our host of joint writers. Since it is birthed, Dare..will incisively challenge for good some of your smooth flowing stream of maintreams. Read the  inaugural piece, titled, sands of time. I was only being overtly conscious; what if the world were to phase into some new era, (it doesn’t necessarily need to wait for another millenium to mark the boundary) would these present coveted disciplines still hold their pride of place, or are we to see some others emerging in the scene, like the technology as it is today, or instead, are we to go the way of our talents and gifts. Who says nothing changes in the existent world of uncertainties, despite a gazillion of...

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