Happy New Year, Friends! Before We Hit the Ground Blogging, Here’s the Summary for 2012

Dear friends and unconditionally devoted readers, I officially wish you a Happy New Year! 2013 holds so much promise for us all, and I trust that we have all started to make great things happen already.

Before my first major post of the year, I thought to share some details about activities on this blog, Gbenga’s Notebook, for 2012 as made available by WordPress.

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

In 2012, there were 34 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 205 posts. The busiest day of the year was February 24th with 171 views. The most popular post that day was In 2012: It’s 100 Books or 20,000 Pages! – Plus BONUS link!!!.


Some of the most popular posts were written before 2012, so WordPress thinks that my writing has staying power! I will consider writing about those topics again this year.

You can see all the details by clicking on this link: http://jetpack.me/annual-report/26615901/2012/

As I round-up this post, here a special shout out to the top commenters on this blog for 2012: itunu, Naijamum in L., Mimi, Joseph Omotayo,and Tosin. Thank you all for coming back regularly, even when my various involvements and offline activities (and inactivities) meant I had to blog less. Here’s hoping for a better 2013.

Tomorrow, I will be sharing a bit about my “Next Big” writing project. Thanks, and please watch this space! :)

GbengaAwomodu.Com: Welcome to the New Home!

Hello friends and pals in the blogosphere,

I am glad to officially welcome you to this new and permanent home for my blog posts: www.gbengaawomodu.com. From now on, I will blog on this self-hosted WordPress site. This is one of those times when you just take that bold step, even when you don’t see the staircase.

Let’s get started already. Let’s begin the new phase!

Cheers!

Asa’s “Bimpe” & the New Blog Posting Schedule for Gbenga’s Notebook!

It’s been quite a while –over a week actually, that I last made a post on this blog. I’ve been thinking about it and realised it would be a lot better to put proper structure to the frequency of posts here. From now on, every Tuesday and Friday, I will post new content to this blog and provide links to my articles, interviews, and short stories when they are published on other web portals. Occasionally, there may be a third day of posting.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be doing guest posts (on other blogs) and getting published on several platforms, but you can be sure to get the links here. I will also provide exclusive “Behind-the-Scene” tales here –what you will hardly see anywhere else. I have done a number of Interviews on BellaNaija.com and I think you mind find some of the intricacies involved in putting those interviews together quite interesting. I will be sharing how I met some of the interviewees and why I decided to interview them; how energy-sapping and emotionally challenging some have been and a host of other bonus stuff.

About three weeks ago, I wrote a narrative lyrical analysis of “Bamidele”, a bonus track on Beautiful Imperfections, Asa’s sophomore album. Asa is one of Nigeria’s most respected musicians/guitarists at the moment and she has toured Nigeria, the United States, France and several other countries in Europe. I enjoy her music a lot and the beautiful, often playful, way she presents her satire. She is a social critic who does her thing with a bias for the Yoruba Language. That language is filled with a lot of poetry and idioms that only very few people can interpret exactly. But that’s for another day.

After my analysis of that track (Bamidele), many of the readers on BN pleaded for a similar post for “Bimpe”, another beautiful piece which could have easily been my favourite, if not that it’s not as slow as “Bamidele”. You can read the full narrative lyrical analysis on Asa’s Bimpe on BellaNaija here. Kindly let me know via your comments here, what you think about the new posting schedule on this blog and what you think of my narrative analyses on those two songs from Asa’s sophomore album! -GN!

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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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