It’s been ages since I last blogged here. I cannot find the exact words to qualify the wide range of experiences that filled that period of silence. I have missed my regular interaction with you, my ever-faithful readers. Though, I managed to maintain my regular columns on Bella Naija, I have had to endure what I’d call bouts of (mental) fatigue. You know when you can only read, but keep struggling to even scribble a draft for a blog post. Some commissioned essays, sadly, eventually had to be cancelled. My schedule was so haphazard that I always ended up too drained to sit, focus and just write… Now, I’m sure you’ve had enough of my first paragraph of rambling.
I would like to intimate you of developments in my writing since October. Last month, I decided to work on more regular posts so I came up with strategies to ensure I write more consistently. I began the “On Becoming a Man” (OBM) series on Bellanaija.com where I hope to share my thoughts on crucial matters that I continue to examine as I approach the mid-twenties. It’s been great writing the first four bi-monthly episodes, yet challenging. I must admit that it could be really difficult being so real in one’s writing without becoming vulnerable. Many times you are forced to think twice before spilling some details, especially when they are about you, albeit minute they might be. However, the truth remains that readers readily connect with analogies and relevant (well-told) anecdotes. It is also easy to feel you don’t know enough to be writing about becoming a man. But, that series is meant to be about my observations as I journey through this season of life, and which should/could stimulate discussions amongst readers; it is not necessarily an attempt to tell adults what to do with their life. In summary, I intend to keep experimenting with the voice and hopefully I’ll get that ‘perfect’ voice soon. Perhaps, I might just continue with that journey of reflections and self-discovery beyond my next birthday, if Christ tarries. [See the previous posts here: http://www.bellanaija.com/tag/on-becoming-a-man/]
The other major project I have embarked upon, which I am sorry I have not mentioned yet on this blog, is the Bella Naija Photo Stories. It is a series of photo documentaries based on several fundamental developmental issues in Nigeria. I am collaborating with two photographer friends who are equally doing pretty well in their primary focus – photography. It’s been a beautiful work of synergy and I am very glad being a part of the project. Through a series of fortnightly posts on www.bellanaija.com, Africa’s foremost fashion, entertainment and lifestyle website where I am an Editorial Assistant, we explore the lives of regular, often voiceless Nigerians on the streets who are often overshadowed by the rich and powerful in the society. We have run the first four episodes so far touching on the traders in the informal sector of the economy, waste and environmental pollution and control in Lagos, women of the ‘underground’ economy and commercial motorcyclists in Lagos. You can catch up on all the previous episodes here: http://www.bellanaija.com/tag/bn-photo-stories. The BN Photo Stories series is scheduled to end in the first week of January 2012.
Finally, the end of 2011 is upon us and it’s time for evaluation of the outgoing year. I do not promise many blog posts next month, but I can assure you I’ll be back to my blogging ways. It’s been a whooping 19 months since I started and it is only necessary that I explore more possibilities about my approach to writing /blogging in the New Year. I took a bold step to move to a self-hosted domain in September 2011 and it’s been increasingly rewarding. I would like to spend the most of December reviewing all the blog posts I’ve made since inception and adding a few useful skills to enhance my blogging experience, whilst strategizing and exploring ways to improve in my art and be more effective and consistent next year. Till we see in the next post, be good!
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