The Inevitable Name Change: “Egbe’s Diary” becomes “Gbenga’s Notebook!”

You would agree with me that the name of a person, place or idea says a lot about such a subject. When I started this blog nine months ago, I chose the title “Egbe’s Diary”. Naturally, you’d wonder, “what does ‘Egbe’ mean?” Well, it depends on several things. That word exists both in the Yoruba and Igbo languages, two popular broad languages in Nigeria.

If you assume the Yoruba language, that word would mean several things depending on which marks are applied to the word and where exactly they are applied – maybe ‘mates’, ‘weakling’, ‘charm for disappearing’, ‘side’, etc. Similarly, I gathered that the Igbo version also depends on how it is pronounced. While one means ‘gun’, the other means ‘hawk’. I had been told by some Igbo folks that it meant ‘eagle’ three years ago, which was why I stuck to it for a long time. I first used that name as my workshop name when I organised a three-week music workshop for my fellowship choir back in the university. I love to be associated with the eagle’s strength and other beautiful connotations attached to it. Besides, ‘eagle’ is very ‘Nigerian’. I didn’t really suspect my wrong assumption until last December when I read Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s multiple award-winning book – “I Do Not Come to You by Chance”, where she used the word in an Igbo expression. It was translated as ‘hawk’ and from then, the word haunted me. So last week I did a proper Google check and confirmed my subtle fear. Even though one particular writer/author still translated it as ‘eagle’, other translators were right – ‘hawk’. Who wants to be associated with the hawk anyways – a bird that kidnaps innocent chicks at will and causes pain to mother hen, making her scream at the top of her voice? How about a gun? I wouldn’t be a party to any of those, no matter how you want to justify their use as a positive symbol.

So, I started thinking of possible replacements – Gbenga’s Diary/Diaries, Gbenga’s Chronicles, Gbenga’s Vine, etc. Just like I changed the WordPress theme in the new year out of pure instantaneous conviction, I settled for “Gbenga’s Notebook!”. Yes, this space is my colourful notebook that contains text, pictures and videos, a sort-of 21st century notebook, you know. I hope I do not have to change this blog title any time soon (perhaps in a very long time) and that you like this new title too. I know the frequency of posts has not been like it used to be, but I’ve been swarmed with so much work off this space that even though the muse is very much around, I don’t just get to sit and type of out stuff exclusively for this blog.

Nevertheless, you should still expect the personal posts from me on this blog. When I do exclusive stuff for other web portals, I will endeavour to give an intro as well as a link to the complete post, wherever it may be on the web (like I’ve always done). You can also be sure to get details and links to fantastic contests and other similar opportunities. Till then, stay in top-shape! :)

-GN!

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Egbe’s Diary: Year 2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 66 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 150 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 66mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 1st with 129 views. The most popular post that day was On Fake Beggars In Lagos.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, networkedblogs.com, stumbleupon.com, temiville.wordpress.com, and twiends.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for chidinma ekile, egbe’s diary, ndidi nwuneli, sosoliso plane crash, and chidinma project fame winner.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

On Fake Beggars In Lagos August 2010
1 comment

2

Chidinma Ekile is Winner of Project Fame West Africa September 2010
10 comments

3

Nigeria’s Sosoliso Plane Crash 2005: Remembering ‘the 60 Angels’ and Others December 2010
7 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

4

UNILAG Memoirs: Notes from the Lagoon Front September 2010
22 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

5

Intercontinental Bank Independence Essay Competition September 2010
10 comments

Egbe’s Diary and Upcoming Posts

Dear Blogville Folks,

I want to appreciate you all for your continued readership, comments and the increasing volume of subscriptions to this blog. These are pointers that some positive impact is being made through the various posts on this eclectic blog. This is an online repository for (most of) my works and I sometimes share wonderful findings, opportunities (contests and calls for submission) and interesting musings from friends and other people who find this blog an appropriate platform to share their views. When my articles get published on other websites that publish original content only, I make sure to put the introduction here on my blog and provide a link to the rest of the post, in line with copyright and ethics of publishing.

Though I had been quite conservative since I started this blog in May 2010, in recent weeks I have taken courageous steps to make this blog known to more people and I would appreciate if you, my numerous readers, would Share the Link to posts you find very useful on this blog with your friends and maybe even Subscribe so you could get an e-mail alert as soon as a new post is made. I realize that many of my posts, especially those made between June and August are ‘deep’ stuff that most people can relate to. I cannot guarantee the frequency of posts, but I’d make sure I hardly make more than a post a day so you can have time to read other blogs and even catch up when you do not visit for some days.

In the coming days, I will be sharing a number of Guest Posts that I believe you would find very useful and interesting. You can send me an e-mail if you have suggestions and comments you’d like to share with me about this blog. I’d really appreciate your candid feedback. This week, on Wednesday I am due to post the first part of my Port Harcourt Diaries as I mentioned in a recent post. I will also introduce posts from two Guest Authors this week, starting from tomorrow. I also hope to visit more blogs out there and make comments on some of the posts. By the way, I am currently preparing my Blog Round-Up for 2010. In that particular post which will come on later in the month, I will do a concise review of most of the blogs I have visited this year, including all the blogs I follow. I have benefitted a lot from reading other people’s blogs this year and I can’t wait to recap and give my candid assessment and opinion on most of these blogs.

As the new week starts, I wish you a very productive work-week and a beautiful weekend ahead!

Regards,

The Lagos Boy

First Post In October 2010

Hello friends!

Perhaps you’ve been wondering “where has this Egbe guy disappeared to?” I am still around! :) Hopefully by the weekend I’ll make a proper post. I’ve been through several experiences (good and not-so-good) in the last two weeks and (wow!) I need like several blog posts to gist you o! Last week, my darling laptop fell in a mild accident (ouch!) and that has slowed me down a  bit :( and this week’s been about final year project defence and presentation, bla bla bla… I attended the Ford Foundation Youth Dialogue penultimate weekend and met 13 other progressive young minds as well as some fantastic facilitators, and there’s a whole lot to write about that too. Kindly bear with me as I properly adjust and fully recover. Enjoy the rest of this week! :)

Yours truly,

The Lagos Boy