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Good news!

I am pleased to announce that I have a short story appearing in Apex Magazine next month. Excited!

Here’s the reason I’m so happy:

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I made a promise to myself, then I tried (and failed) and tried again and it came true!

I have loved this magazine forever. I went through a bout of insomnia last year and Apex magazine was great company; all that weirdness, that darkness. Scrumptious sci-fi.  The stories would grip me until I was dizzy, falling eventually into an exhausted sleep. (For a long while, this was my favourite story.)

I mean, you have all these Hugo and Nebula and WSFA award-winners contributing to the magazine. And then there’s little ol’ me.  Have I said how excited I am?

I am so happy I fulfilled this promise to myself. And as they’re having me narrate my story for the podcast, I just might die from glee.

You can hear their previous podcasts by following links here. I joined their list of narrators after my piece was accepted for publication a few months ago. I narrated ‘Jupiter and Gentian’ by Erik Amundsen. I really enjoyed reading it – in fact, I have got bits of it still stuck in my head.

My fingers are itching.

Genevieve Nnaji

I know sontin about the Half of a Yellow Sun film. I have been sitting on it for weeks.

No, not that Genevieve’s part (may have)/has been cut. That’s old news.  But I may know certain factors surrounding this. In other words, why.

I would love to talk about it, not because of gossip – it’s not really my style – but because of the conversation I want to start about Nollywood and …and…grrrrr! I can’t even say the next thing because of the ultra smart people who will guess and I have my source (yes, the same one that worked on the set of the film) to protect.

We need this conversation. We need it.

What to do, what to do?

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.

(I did this post last night but the feeling stays).

Today, I am both ashamed and afraid to be Nigerian.

I don’t know what happened in Aluu  – I don’t care for the conflicting accounts. All I know is that four (some accounts say thee) Univeristy of Port Harcourt boys were stripped naked, beaten and burnt to death on the SUSPICION of being robbers. They were tried on the spot by elders of the community too. How’s that for 21st century Nigerian justice?

It reminded me of the Bakassi Boys from when I was a teenager in Anambra state – those fierce men of indeterminate origin who were sanctioned to rid the state of ‘armed robbers’ by any means necessary. This audio I made will tell you what you need to know. I apologise, it is unscripted and I an popping like crazy so obviously have shamed my broadcasting trainers. And I am talking slowly because I am angry and when I get angry, I am incoherent. I had to slow down for you to hear me.