RAP SYNOPSIS OF THINGS FALL APART

Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times writes that Thug Notes, and Sparky Sweets, are the creations of comedian Greg Edwards, who explains that the videos are his “way of trivializing academia’s attempt at making literature exclusionary by showing that even highbrow academic concepts can be communicated in a clear and open fashion.” Sweets summarises works of literature in short videos, usually under five minutes long, and then shares his analysis. On Things Fall Apart he says: “Ain’t no doubt that those crooked-ass imperialists took a big old dump on Africa, but like we can see with Okonkwo icing his boy and disrespecting the gods, maybe things started falling apart before they got there.” Watch the video and read more about Thug Notes in Genzlinger’s article below:   Advertisements

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A LITTLE ADVICE FOR THE MEN…

We hate men that complain and make excuses…stand up and be a man. You can’t be vain in your life style and your dress code and be mature…sagging jeans don’t pay the bills. Don’t expect us to always pray for you, pray for you and for us. Telling us you were once stupid means you are ready to do it right. Drop that ego. Dinner dates are not just for birthdays, anniversaries and special days, so is the word “Thank you”. Don’t always think we are insecure, we know when other ladies like you…if being jealous is wrong, then you don’t want to be loved. Our silence really means a lot, so does our nagging but calming us down, does not include screaming at us. We can’t always reveal to you who of your friend we dislike…you must consider them carefully, just as we do ours. We also get tired of being jealous. Most times we don’t imagine things, we know things. Tapping our ass already means that’s how much you respect us…we are not a property, we are your investment. When you love something, you don’t want it out of your sight….reason why we think asking for space could mean a break (What you stop seeing, you stop to desire, GET IT?). No lady is ugly…its how you treat her that enhances her beauty. We can be confident to you but sometimes its arrogance born from earlier rejection. Stop […]

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A Partner That Prays

Like a mother prays for her child, many partners in relationships/marriages pray for those they are involved with. At first, it may never seem essential as the wave of love is always the tide that blows but a little realization of things to come, often reveal that in loving people, we also become a part of them and they us. […]

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HE’s NOT GONNA MARRY YOU ANYTIME SOON!

The “help me until I’m ready” guy. The “need help” type is totally entrenched in his own insecurities. He only talks about his own problems — never yours — but he wants a lady by his side because it makes him feel worthy. So, he keeps her there by asking her to help him “until he’s ready.” But, guess what: He’ll never be ready, and so, he is not husband material. The “dare to discuss marriage” guy. Since he knows women believe in words not actions, he dares talk about marriage and future plans with you, knowing it’s what you want to hear. But that’s all he’ll do; no further action is ever taken. There is never a time frame for actions; actions are even never discussed, and if they come up, the conversation suddenly goes in different directions. The “be my guest and discuss marriage” guy. This guy lets you do all the talking about marriage you like. He knows you dream about it; he listens to you discuss it in great detail — where your home will be, what kind of furniture you’ll buy, what kind of wedding you want. And when you ask him about dreams, he says, “Whatever you want, honey.” Always look at his actions. If there aren’t any, if he’s all talk, he’s not husband material. The “bear with me” guy. He finds nice, logical excuses that seem acceptable. You know, he can’t take action now because […]

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13 Women Men Should Never Marry! Ladies, Which Type Are You?

For a mother with two sons and six grandsons, I have some good advice as to the women they should avoid marrying. I am also the oldest girl in a family of eight children—four boys and four girls. This qualifies me to discuss the diverse personalities men come across.  The Word instructs that he who finds a wife finds a good thing (Prov. 18:22). It doesn’t say that every woman qualifies as a good wife. These are two completely different things. A man should be looking for a helpmate.  Because women have a tendency to be a little more complicated than men, my list of women men should never marry is just a little longer than the list I’d create of men women should never marry. Here are 13 women men should avoid: 1. Blinded Brenda  For this woman, the motto is “It’s all about me.” If you, as a man, consider yourself to be a catch, this most likely means you have a vision of where you see yourself in the next 10 years. Make sure your woman has the same vision. Many a man wastes his gifts on what he was created to be, only to waste his life fulfilling the vision a woman has for him. Know what you were created for, and find a helpmate who will help you get there. 2. Dominating Donna This is a woman who doesn’t acknowledge the order God has established. She […]

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Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins Fiction Prize

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction with “Americanah”, which is a novel about race and identity. Adichie, whose other works include “Half of a Yellow Sun,” was chosen over “The Goldfinch” author Donna Tartt and three other finalists. Sheri Fink’s book on Hurricane Katrina, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death In a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” won for nonfiction. The biography winner was Leo Damrosch’s “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World” and Amy Wilentz’s “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti” received the autobiography prize. Other winners at Thursday’s ceremony in Manhattan included Frank Bidart’s “Metaphysical Dog” for poetry and Franco Moretti’s “Distant Reading” for criticism, with books by Jonathan Franzen and Janet Malcolm among the other nominees. The critics circle presented its inaugural award for a debut book of any genre, the John Leonard Prize, to Anthony Marra for his novel “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” John Leonard, who died in 2008, was a longtime reviewer, avid supporter of new writers and a founder of the critics circle. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, an influential Chicano author, teacher and translator, received a lifetime achievement prize. Katherine A. Powers, whose criticism has appeared in the Washington Post among other publications, was given an honorary award for “excellence in reviewing.” The NBCC was established in 1974 and has around 600 members.  

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GOING HOME BY CHIBUNDU ONUZO

He will take his children to Nigeria for Christmas this year. It will be their first time as a family. His wife, Agatha has been once before. Her memories are of insect bites and bucket baths, her skin braised from the sun, her stomach turned by a bout of food poisoning. She had not liked his relatives, felt them prying and tactless, bursting into tears once when his Aunt poked at her flat, childless stomach. “We have children now.” “It doesn’t matter. They wanted you to marry a good Nigerian girl. You know it.” He wished she wouldn’t cry so much. His mother had only shed tears at funerals, wailing loudly when the coffin was lowered into the ground and then rushing back to the kitchen to dish out food. There was something unseemly in an adult breaking down over the memory of a 10-year-old slight. “It’s not about you. I’ve told you. I’ve spoken to my mum and she wants to see her grandchildren before she dies. I can’t deny her that.” Agatha was resigned now to going, resigned with a vengeance. She had taken the boys for their second round of vaccinations that day. They had come back sullen, holding their arms stiffly, rebellion on their faces. “You’re making them not want to go.” “Don’t be silly Nam. I’m making sure they come back alive. We’ll all have to start taking anti-malarials tomorrow.” “No.” “No what? I checked […]

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Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On Lupita Nyongo’s Beauty: I’m So Grateful She Exists by Chanel Parks

During a recent segment of HuffPost Live, critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussed Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and her influence on beauty for black women. “I think her existence is very important” Adichie said, while expressing her personal adoration for the actress. Adichie goes on to talk about Nyong’o’s mainstream presence, pressing the notion that the Kenyan actress’ looks challenge a typical Hollywood aesthetic. “Looking the way she looks, she’s very dark-skinned, she has natural hair — this is spectacular,” Adichie added. And speaking of spectacular, last week Nyong’o gave a powerful speech at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, telling her story about accepting her beauty as it is, not as it should be. Watch the HuffPost Live clip above and see the rest of Adichie’s segment here.  

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Birthdays Are Thinking Days…

We become a year older every year, we mature in age indulging in celebrations the best ways we can; sometimes we are celebrated by friends, sometimes we are celebrated by loved ones, (thanks to social network sites, many people remember their friend’s birthday). We age and become wiser(well not everyone), as many repeat the same mistakes over and over. We grow taller, sensitive and most importantly, older. We become more responsible for ourselves and remind our parents how independent we are (especially our mothers who think we can never out grow their laps). Everyone enjoys a birthday cake, everyone enjoys a day with friends and it would really be silly if we have a moody look on a day when we have friends and family members making us feel special, but what if aside from praising the universal maker and making a wish, we make a list of things we want to achieve in the following year? What if we asked our selves how the other year was in our lives? What friends we needed to outgrow and what clothes we never wore that someone else will have and cherish? Birthdays aren’t just for celebrations anyway; not everyone lives to the age we at. Ain’t nothing wrong with being glad that you got a year older but as much as the cake is sweet and the gifts are given, its wiser to know we aren’t getting any younger and though […]

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CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE: “Nobody can force me to change my surname”

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently had a candid interview with the Sun Newspaper. In it, she discusses growing up, her parents’ influence on her career, wanting to be called a Miss instead of Mrs, Feminism and the beauty of Igbo language. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of three award-winning novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), and a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck (2009).She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Decisions, and a play, For Love of Biafra, a year later. Adichie’ short story “You in America”; and in 2003, her story “That Harmattan Morning” was selected as joint winner of the BBC Short Story Awards, and she won the O. Henry Prize for “The American Embassy”. She also won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award), for “Half of a Yellow Sun”.Purple Hibiscus (2003), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005); while her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her third book, The Thing around Your Neck (2009), is a collection of short stories. Last year, her third novel, Americanah, was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013. She spoke to ABANOBI CHIKA and […]

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Dear Lupita Nyong’o

Thank you for being elegant, Thank you for not putting a weave on your hair but showing the world what true African beauty is. Thank you for telling them our skin shines bright, Thank you for wearing dresses that don’t show your bottom and your breasts, I know many would say you have small breasts but thank you for not padding them up to attract men who only want to be recognized with successful women. Thank you for having a good command of English and telling others that Africans can also be eloquent. Thank you for simplicity, Thank you for those dresses which undoubtedly can tell the world that the African skin is colorful, Thank you for knowing where to put your mouth and telling us our dreams are valid regardless of who we are, Most importantly, thank you for being a woman,  a black woman. Thank you for reminding African women that they too can become bosses, Thank you for letting we petite ladies look more attractive, I guess African men have a lot of work to do seeing people like you, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Penn, Michelle Obama and other African women. Thank you all for proving dreams happen and wishes don’t.

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WISE THOUGHTS…

They were born with a silver spoon and you weren’t, too bad you forget a silver spoon can also rust. It is not good you tell people about your relationship or its issues but it is bad when you deny you are not in a relationship, when you are- you can as well be a flirt or a cheat and that reveals your character. Oh men treated you bad and you want to cheat on them too, good for you…you feel you are not a fool acting like the fools you know. It is not good you speak bad of your ex, you are also someone’s ex’s- don’t speak bad to them, even though they suddenly say they wish they never lost you, don’t grow out egos and say “your loss” or speak rudely be mature enough to just say thanks. We can’t always tell when we are in a relationship if we would end up with that person- as not everyone gets a dream or a ministration as to who their ideal partner is but we can’t mislead those we are in a relationship with…a broken heart cries louder than a child. You can’t go out saying you are a man and you can get married at any age and keep breaking hearts or sleeping around- you don’t become a man by your third leg but by the way you treat ladies. Sending a lady away because you feel […]

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