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Kenechi Uzochukwu apologises: “My article was insensitive and has hurt many”

by Kenechi Uzochukwu

say no to rape

I wish to apologise to those hurt by my recent articles on rape published on Ynaija website. Even though the articles were against rape I admit that it was insensitive and has hurt many.

I am stating categorically that rape is a despicable crime that I am against and will always be against. And I hope that men and women will work together to put an end to it.

Even though there is freedom of expression and that all people have opinions, expression of certain opinions should be curtailed in the interest of peace and when such opinions have the propensity to hurt others.

My views against rape has hurt respected friends and readers, and again, I apologise.

I hereby humbly request that the two articles be taken off the Ynaija websites and I respectfully request that no other medium should use the piece.

 

– Editor’s note: Kenechi Uzochukwu’s pieces have been put down from Ynaija.

 

First published on YNaija

 

 

ADDENDUM:

Kenechi Uzochukwu is a satirical and witty Nigerian writer who published an article on Rape ‘Men can do nothing against rape’ from the perspective of men who are seemingly lured into rape by women. In that article, he tried to discuss ways in which women unwillingly (and/or unconsciously) make themselves potential victims. The article was published on Ynaija and received a lot of  attention. His article was received badly due to the very harsh and blunt way  it was written. There were rejoinders too. Many agree that the article seemed to support rape, a crime against humanity. This the author said, was not his intention.
To this end, Kenechi requested that the article be removed from the YNaija site where it was published and anywhere else it has appeared. He has also written the apology published above. Kenechi has iterated his stand against RAPE and hopes that everyone who felt offended by his earlier published article forgive his perceived stance.

Rape is a crime against humanity and must be STOPPED at all costs!

~ SVA

 

 

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Posted in BOOK THOUGHTS, BOOKS, LITERARY MISSIONARY

TINY PUBLISHING TIPS FROM A PRO – MYNE WHITMAN

Hey Myne, I know someone who is self-publishing a novel and I was wondering if you have any advice for her?

I would classify her book as “teen fluff”, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Its not the same demographic as your work, but I thought it might be helpful to hear from you since you have had such success with your work. Ideas, tips, concerns?

Would you like a copy of the book to read over and offer suggestions? She is all ears.I told her I would reach out to you to see if you would be able to talk with/to her. Thanks!

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Hi, I visited the FB page of your friend and from there to some of the other links. She seems to be doing well, has a good follower count on Twitter, and is also on Blogspot and Tumblr. Self publishing is no joke but she did well by going with CreateSpace, at least the distribution and sales are taken care of. Now she has to start thinking of the publicity and marketing. What she should do is look for book bloggers in the category of her book and ask for reviews. Then she should look for forums (message boards) where she knows her target audience is and become active there. All these depend on how financially successful she wants to be. If she’s just content having her story out there, and her name on a book cover, then she need not overstress. All the best to her. She can always email at myne@mynewhitman.com. I’ll be happy to host her for one of my guest author sections. Regards, Myne

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Update: I still host guest authors at my blog if I get a complimentary copy of the book and it meets what I feel is good for my readers. You can also write to admin@naijastories.com to be hosted here if your book is set in Nigeria, or about Nigerians. Some more things one can do include the following;

1. Write a press release and submit to free sites like www.prlog.com

2. Create a website or blog and start promoting it by visiting and joining other blogs in the same category

3. Make a video trailer for your book and put it on youtube and Dailymotion

4. Send out free copies of the book to those who can leave reviews on blogs, or on purchase sites like Amazon.com, etc

5. Learn some patience, you can’t become an instant millionaire from self-publishing. It takes at least 2-3 years to build a solid platform. Goodluck.

GUEST BLOGGER: Myne Whitman http://naijastories.com/author/myne and http://mynewhitman.com Myne is one of Nigeria’s most visible writers with a pronounced e-presence. She is a passionate writer and mentors regularly.

Posted in BOOK THOUGHTS, FICTION, TALES

Colourful Threads in the Nigerian Literary Fabric: A Review of Naija Stories by Unoma Azuah

Naija Stories makes a rewarding read because a sizable number of the stories in the anthology beam beyond the imperfections of the weaker stories. This collection adds a unique design to the tapestry that makes up the layout of the Nigerian literary fabric. The stories renew our plush tradition of yarning and knitting of anecdotes. The anthology is divided into four sections with the subtitles: Tears, Kisses, Heroes, and Villains. These subtitles pretty much represent the contents of the sections.
Stories that beam with the brilliance of precision, include, “Blame it on a Yellow Dress,” “Showdown at Rowe Park,” and “One Sunday Morning in Atlanta,” among others. These stories glitter with vigour. “Blame it on the Yellow Dress,” explores incest. It reveals how a father sexually abuses his young daughter. The writer makes the reader empathize with the main character, and effectively rouses our anger and succeeds at evoking our sense of pathos. “Showdown at Rowe Park,” chronicles the conflicts of secondary school students. It is quite a simple story, rich with humour with a well-developed suspense. Though the language is near banal, the writer is able to capture the mood and setting in a way that effectively enhances the theme of the story. He is further able to make such a familiar story, especially to Nigerians that can identify with life in secondary school, vivid and definitive.
“One Sunday Morning in Atlanta,” is another engaging story in the collection. Though some actions in the story are called to question when it comes to verisimilitude. For instance, the strong influence the protagonist’s mother has on him, seems rather far-fetched and the childishaltercationbetween the protagonist and his sister in the church makes one wonder if they are adults or teenagers. Nevertheless, the gradual build-up of the story makes it more convincing. The paradox in the fact that the protagonist, while in a club, dancing and socializing, could not get the attention of a girl he wants, but was able to get her into his house through the guise of evangelism adds a plus to the account because it makes the story emblematically charged. Additionally, the writer’s ability to lay bare the contrasts of Nigerian idiosyncrasy and American exclusive traits heightens his effectual use of wit.
The very first story in the collection, however, sends discouraging signals to the reader. The premise of “A Glimpse in the Mirror,” falls flat because its theme of death is redundant and melodramatic. Qualifying it within the context of a meal or a broth makes it taste like an over-salted soup. The central character, a coffin maker, loses all the father figures in his life and ends up losing his life as well. The sardonicism in the fact that one of his customers wants a plane-coffin for his late mother who had always wanted to enter a plane, but never did, almost elevates the story. But this boost fizzles out because that is all we see of this secondary character in the story. There is no employment of variety in the story’s mode of delivery—no humour, no suspense and no re-channeled digression. Stories with the three E’s are always a pleasure to encounter: entertainment, education and expansion of one’s scope of life. As Stephen Minot puts it, “When you turn from literary non-fiction to fiction you cut the tether with the truth.”
My hope for the three E’s dimmed as I read from the first section towards the last section. Some of the contributors to the anthology are amateur writers who have little or no idea of what a short story should be. Hence, brevity among other flaws becomes a challenge. For instance, the story, “Can I Please Kill You,” is a mere didactic story about abortion. The story does not achieve much except attempt to sell a moral. The emphasis is on the fact that the protagonist decides not to go through with an abortion, while a nurse who is symbolic of ethical precursor praises the character for her wise decision. There is nothing crisp in the story’s structure, theme or style. Another story that does not succeed at its rendition is “Seeing off Kisses.” It drifts from one unfocused point to another. The inconsistency in characterization does not help.
Though some of the resolutions of the stories are loose, they nonetheless,bear conclusions that fall within the standards of well tied ends. That is, some wind-up with optimistic outlook to life, while others culminate quite unconventionally, which in itself is positive because most unconventional or disturbing resolutions force us to re-examine some of the stubborn beliefs or expectations we hold. Naija stories has done a successful work of showcasing new and emerging voices in Nigerian literature.

Unoma Azuah is a prolific Nigerian Benue born writer of many dimensions. She lives in Jackson, TN, USA.

Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villains can be bought online at http://www.naijastories.com/amazon-store/.

If you live in Nigeria and want the book delivered in PDF to your inbox, please contact admin@naijastories.com for payment details (via Zenith Bank and GTBank)

Posted in NAIJA POETRY, POETRY

LULLABY OF WAR (A Poem) by Gooseberry

(From Naija Stories - WAR and DESTRUCTION)

Misunderstandings of unlike minds
Hits climax
And violence awakens

The sun gets jealous
Of the beauty of the blazing fire
Rising to the sky
Like a painting in motion
Consuming the earth like a hungry scavenger
And roasting creatures like helpless barbecue
Of what song do we sing?

Sounds of terror
Blasts through the ears like thunder
Puncturing the eardrums and shaking the earth
Causing gravity to perform in command
Screams piercing and cries reverberating
Letting fear roam the earth in stealth.
Of what song do we sing?

Women and children
Adorned in tattered rags and coated in dust
Wander in terror with sunken eyes and protruding abdomen
Terrified as scattered limbs
Cause them to limp
Of what song do we sing?

Men
Oh men!!
Our sweet sweet men
Perish for no just cause
Allowing guns to spit dangerous metals enclosed with heat
Who will be our companion if you go?
Of what song do we sing?

We sing the song of savage
The song that embraces gory
Where we eat human flesh and drink blood
But never get satisfied

If I could sing a song
I’ll sing this violent baby a lullaby
And send him to sleep
While we leave
And let the world live

Then slowly
He’ll flicker his lids
Tilt his head backwards
And drift away
To a land called peace.

©Gooseberry 2012

Gooseberry is a creative writer and one of the top poets of http://naijashortstories.com . Naija Stories is a great literary network boasting most of Nigeria’s hottest young talents at the moment. It is run by Myne Whitman and a team of great administrators.