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! :)

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! :)


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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.


On Fake Beggars In Lagos August 2010
1 comment


Chidinma Ekile is Winner of Project Fame West Africa September 2010


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


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


Intercontinental Bank Independence Essay Competition September 2010