Last year came to an end with me getting a mail from the Nigerian Writers Award group that I had been listed on their 100 Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40. Not a bad way to end the year, right?
My second year on the list and I smiled at the group of names there too: friends like the phenomenal Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, my brothers, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, T. J. Benson and Romeo Oriogun, the poetic maestros Basiru Bash Amuneni, Dike Chukwumerije, Efe Paul Azino and Graciano Enwerem, the graceful Amara Nicole Okolo, Dami Ajayi, Kenechi Uzor, Eketi Edima Ette, Elnathan John, Emmanuel Iduma, Olulu Holloway, Jumoke Verissimo… to mention a few of my people on the list.
Well, there are a hundred of them and I am a bit tired to write them all but you can jolly well see the full list here: Nigerian Writers Award 2018
Things I picked from the list, 1) there are a lot of 39 year olds on the list o. Soon, they will leave for others… 🙂 Lol! 2) Most importantly, I need to change my Facebook dp and see how I can get people online to use fresh pictures of me! That is me about two or three years ago, I think. Let’s see how the new old me is … Hee hee hee.
Happy New Year guys. Thank you for all your support in 2018 and in the years. We have a lot of things coming up this year. Keep your fingers crossed.
Don’t lose faith. Everything gets better, this year.
PS: My children’s book Once Upon a Village Tale which was shortlisted for the Association of Nigerian Authors Children’s Literature Prize is out to the public by this first quarter. We are accepting pre-orders at only a thousand naira. You can get details by sending us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or just dropping a comment beneath this post. Thank you!