2017, the profound.

I’ve been procrastinating and even considering not writing this review at all. The first reason being writing about personal experiences is not something I find particularly appealing aside it being hard to articulate my feelings aptly. Two, this year was a lot. Like a roller-coaster that has no end. In all, I guess I can say it was a good one, but even more than that, 2017 was profound. I will never forget this year. I am not the same.

I don’t remember setting any goals, I know I really wanted to get back to school but asides that I was sorta okay. I did some pretty amazing stuff this year. I wrote a book. I started an initiative. I tutored kids for free during the summer. I launched a magazine. I wrote about 10 stories or more, I wrote well over fifty poems, I read a little over 30 books. I won a giveaway and got one of my favourite books everrrr (thanks Timi!) I kinda got a hang of Twitter. I grew up this year. Like a lot. I don’t even know how to explain. I didn’t really plan for most of it. It just happened. God just so blessed me. So perhaps I tricked you, maybe this isn’t a review at all, maybe it’s just a thank you note to God because I can’t even hide it, I am overwhelmed.

Lord Jesus, thank you for life, thank you for my family. Thank you that when we were attacked by thieves in the middle of the night you kept us from harm. Thank you because everything that was lost was recovered. Thank you for keeping your promises, thank you for being faithful. Thank you for healing my heart completely this year. I’ve been carrying around a lot of baggage for a while now, thank you for taking the load off me. Thank you for being mine when I thought I didn’t have anyone, for staying close always. Thank you for the breaking of chains and additions. Thank you for the emergence and grooming of a new woman, a powerful woman you said. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for all the great sermons and books and music and articles. I was well-fed this year. Thank you for friendships. Thank you for Jerry, I really don’t know what I would have done without him sometimes, don’t know where I would be with my endless thought spirals. I pray that in his darkest days you will shine bright for him as he has shone for me, you will bring him home, into the warmth of yourself. Thank you for tm, for a rare companionship, a vulnerability I did not think possible with a girl, thank you for Seun, Susan, Victor, Tamilore, Peace, Dammy, Mayokun, Nick and many others that have blessed me, so many names, so many pillars. Bless them lord, let their lives continue to shine bright. Thank you for the future you have set before me, I can barely stand still from excitement. I love us. I love where we are now. Keep me close, keep me steady, keep me safe. Thank you God for you, thank you for dying. I am still blown away by the fact that I am righteous, that I won’t die, that I am your child. Ah! As I type these words, the hair on my legs are standing. Thanks for the revelation of you. Thank you for all the things you’ve been teaching me, haha, I don’t even know how to say it. Lord you can see the content of my heart, the things I cannot find words to express, you can tell. Thank you for those things. I love you, I know it’s nothing compared to the waves for you own love, but I want you to know all the same that I love you. That I will never leave. That you have been too good for me to turn my back. I no longer know what it is to live without talking to you every minute and listen for your replies. You make my heart sing. I am so happy. Thank you for that too, thank you for this persistent joy, thank you! It’s amazing. You are amazing. Thank you for 2017 lord. Thank you. I love doing life with you, the year doesn’t even count. It’s all about you and because of you I am confident for not only a phenomenal 2018 but a fantastic life. Thank you for that, thank you for the assurance of your love. It’s me and you forverrrrr. Glory!

Compliments of the season guys. Maybe your year didn’t go great, don’t lose hope. it really does get better. Trust God, he is not one to disappoint.

Just in case you haven’t heard the January Edition of Elevate magazine will be out January 5th 2018. Awesome stuff!

PS: big thank you to everyone that liked my story on Instagram, the winner hasn’t been announced yet. I really appreciate the goodness of y’alls hearts ❤


Please Help Me Win This Flash Fiction Contest!

Guys! I got shortlisted for the FarabaleAfrica flash fiction contest! I am so excited but I still need your likes and comments to take the prize home. Voting ends by 7:00pm on Sunday. This really means a lot to me guys cause there’s a chance for a publishing deal, that would be such a blessing to me, so please, pretty pretty please like and comment on my story and if you may, please share as well. God bless you! Thank you!


Choosing Your Battles

Hi guys! Today I want to quickly examine the art of choosing your battles as we draw closer to the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. I am sure you are already writing down your goals and plans. There’s no need to put up a front, I would be lying if I say I don’t love new beginnings too, that I don’t take a special liking to the thought of a new chapter unfolding. We all do and there’s nothing wrong with that.

So earlier in the year, I read a book called Die Empty, you’ve probably read my review and there’s a chapter in there that’s titled choosing your battles. It didn’t really occur to me then, until very recently that there’s more to choosing what you choose to fight for and what you are willing to let go.

Someone, I cannot remember who right now, said we can do anything but we cannot do everything. We as human beings are not capable of everything single thing we imagine doing because we have limitations that are quite a part of who we are. And this limitations shouldn’t be seen as limitations, they shouldn’t be seen as hindrances because could you imagine what it would be like if everybody was doing everything, there would be no diversity and therein beauty that we have all come to enjoy. Instead we should see limitations are road signs pointing towards the places where we are truly needed and where we will excel. 

I hate hate. I hate the salve trade. I also hate that some people are still dying of malaria. I also hate that Trump is encouraging further hostility towards vulnerable groups but I can’t help with all of that. I hate it all, but I can’t help it all in my lifetime. What I can help with is malaria because I am a medical student. I have chosen certain battles by choosing my career path. 

What would be disastrous is a human being that is trying to do everything. Like I mentioned in another post, focus increases the quality of your work. If you choose too many battles, you might and mostly likely will loss them all. Look at Jesus, he had just one goal; to die for humanity and that was that. Choose your battles, no every battle is yours to fight.


Short Story: Mama Tayo

The thundering and splattering of the noise baptized her in a familiar fear. The women held themselves as they saw the thick black circle of smoke rise from the village square miles away. 

She made the sign of the cross and clutched the white beaded crucifix hanging from her neck. She knew what it was; it was the people of Okoko land, a neighbouring village, waging war against them for the death of their prince. 

The two royal families used to be inseparable friends that visited each other often. Especially the princes, Kolade and Falani. They were closer friends than green on leaves. It so happened that Falani, the prince of Okuku land, came visiting his friend on a chill friday morning and his lifeless body was returned home. 

The story had been told that the queen had prepared a meal for them and Falani after a few hours started to cough and gasp desperately for his very life. In less than an hour, he was dead. Everyone was in grieving shock as songs of woo were chanted by the town crier as he led the way to the deceased’s home. 

King Faderanti did not take the news of his only son’s death well, this was evident in the dead bodies that were returned to Prince Kolade the next day and the successive killings and burning of homes that has been occurring since then. 

It has been three weeks of constant brutal attacks; hundreds of men and women have been killed. The royal family had gone into hiding and now the people were left to fend for themselves. 

Mama Tayo had lost her husband and the last of five sons to one of the fires and she was now the sole breadwinner of her family. It is unbelievable how fast things change.

The few of the women that still found themselves alive had agreed to clear a new piece of land farther than usual from the village so that their new source of food and livelihood would be speared. It was here that Mama Tayo found herself this evening when the monstrous explosion coloured the skies in colours of pain and doom. It would take more than two hours for her to return to her home just by the village’s border. She had warned the children to stay inside. She had locked them in their small bungalow and taken the keys with her. 

She quickly dropped her hoe and climbed on her already worn out bicycle, heading for the village, paddling hard. All the while praying for the safety of her children. 

Her gratitude knew no boundaries when she saw that the yellow bulb in their veranda still shone like a lighthouse on a stormy night. And as she came closer to see Sibi, their family dog, wagging his tailing in welcoming of her, she knew that all was well but there was no promise of tomorrow and they must soon come to bid this place they call home goodbye.

PS: this story is practice for the @farabaleafrica contest I want to enter this week. Wish me luck. Lol. Money is involved. 

Photo: @farabaleafrica

Short Story: Hey Stranger

“You have to get over him”

“Ehn.” She sighed in between the gasps that were already heaving from her chest. “I know that. I’ve known that for a while now. The question is how? How am I supposed to get over somebody I love this much and have loved for so long?”

“I’ve told you.” Bimbo stands from the bed and paces the free area of the entire room. “I’ve told you. Get a rebound. I know all those Google articles tell you that’s the worst thing you can do. But see, this your case is serious.” She sits at the edge of the bed. “You’ve been off and on with this guy for six long ass years Helen. Six years!!! Do you know if you had had a kid, the kid will be in primary school by now? Find a new flame babe. Please!”

“It’s not that easy to meet new people.”

“Abeg, just slay and you will know how easy it is.”

Helen manages a smile.


She has just returned from her PR work at 7:30pm. She is fagged out. But not too fagged out for Instagram. That’s when the dm came in.

josh555: hey

josh555: You bio said I could say hey.

She remembers the bio: I do pr stuff plus I like art. say hey, I like to help.

hforhelen: hey right back at you.

josh555: So pr.

hforhelen: Yes pr. It’s not as interesting as it sounds.

josh555: Lol. I know about a bunch of stuff that’s not as interesting as they sound. Take for instance, library science.

hforhelen: Haha. How would you know? Are you a library scientist?

josh555: No, but my best friend is and he is the most boring nigga on earth.

hforhelen: Lol. Smh.

And so it went on for weeks, with Josh. He was a fashion designer. Like, a legit fashion designer. When she saw his works via shared photos on Whatsapp after she finally agreed to let them exchange numbers, she was dumbfounded. He did women and menswear, swimsuits, bridals, name it. And he wasn’t hustling either, as  per, he was already stable to an extent.

They had chemistry, if chemistry meant that two people could basically not be without contacting each other every single minute of every single day. Then, they had enough of that to call a planet. And there were calls too. Calls that seemed to last forever. People started to notice at work that she was always napping during the day because she didn’t get enough sleep at night. When she spoke to him, she felt that her life meant something, of course she knew that he life meant something before but now, with him, it meant something more.


Joshua A *heartemoji*: When will you come have dinner with me?

Reply: Is this a playboy move?

Joshua A *heartemoji*: So what if it is..

Reply: Lol it better not be. it’s been five months o

Joshua A *heartemoji*:…And im already your bestfriend abi

Reply: Loooool for your mind

Joshua A *heartemoji*: So dinner?

Reply: Sure.

Joshua A *heartemoji*: Where?

Reply: You choose.

It wasn’t that much of a fancy restaurant but it was classy. Helen had been to fancier places, but because she was going to see him, she was timid and self-conscious. She wondered if heels were too much for a causal first date and whether or not her dress was too short. He came a tad late and smiled a widespread smile when he saw her.

“Wow, you look hot!”

“Wow, not mincing words now are we?” She had replied as she offered him a sit.

They both laughed.

“My bad, you look amazing Helen.”

“Thanks Josh.”

“I’m sorry I am late, traffic.  What will you have?”

Meeting him was great, he was even better looking in person, better articulated. She liked him and by the time they were done with dinner he had asked her to be his girlfriend and she had stammered and said “…there’s somebody else”

“Are you kidding?” He chuckled


“You’ve never mentioned somebody else Helen” he leaned towards her from across their table “and we’ve basically spoken every day for the past 162 days and you haven’t mentioned anybody to me.” He took a deep breath “Are you serious right now?”

She was quiet.

“Okay then.”

He called for the waiter, took care of the bills and left.

She left too, after several minutes of not understanding what had happened.

She expected him to call later that night but he didn’t, or the day after that or the week after that. By then she had tried calling him and texting him and sending him dms. But he had blocked her everywhere and now she was at the verge of hot madness. She did not know how to function without his good-mornings, or how-are-you-loves… or smile-for-me na. She never thought a time would come she would wish for days of no love. But here she was, on the floor in her room watching reruns of scandal and eating dry cereal and there was no emptiness quite like the one within her and she wanted nothing more but to hear his voice and when the urge overtook her she would go to their chat history and she would find and replay the voice note of him explaining how fashion is art and how it’s a personal statement of creativity and she would marvel at his brilliance and how foolish she had been to ruin it all and she would wonder why she had such bad luck with people and love and she would eat some more dry cereal and let herself cry as Olivia pope does Olivia pope.


Somedays you find yourself in

Habits you thought you’ve outgrown


Life is not a staircase

It’s a circle

It all goes and comes and goes

Keep in mind who you are

Keep in mind it won’t last forever

You will survive

A story will be told

Failure is a testament to your humanity

Failure is not a dirty word

Failure does not exist