Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Definition 1: to act as a detective: search for information 2: to search for and discover Did You Know? "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" Those canine tracks in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles set the great Sherlock Holmes sleuthing on the trail of a murderer. It was a case of art imitating etymology. When Middle English speakers first borrowed sleuth from Old Norse, the term referred to "the track of an animal or person." In Scotland, sleuthhound referred to a bloodhound used to hunt game or track down fugitives from justice. In 19th-century U.S. English, sleuthhound became an epithet for a detective and was soon shortened to sleuth. From there, it was only a short leap to turning sleuth into a verb describing what a sleuth does.   mettlesome

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TOP 10 NIGERIAN BOOKS THAT REMINDS YOU OF CHILDHOOD THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH

TOP 10 NIGERIAN BOOKS THAT REMINDS YOU OF CHILDHOOD THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH

TOP 10 NIGERIAN BOOKS THAT REMINDS YOU OF CHILDHOOD THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH If you were one of those born in the 80s and 90s, books were your everything, your escape from boredom, your companion. It was like a competition. You wanted to be among those who had read certain books and brag about it. As we grow older, it’s easy to forget how important it is to keep reading. We tend to forget how our lives were positively affected by reading. We seem to have lost that excitement and pleasure we derived from reading. Since the arrival of mobile and smart phones, reading has begun fading from our culture and children are concentrating more on keeping up with the trends on social media. Here are some memorable Nigerian literature books that kept 90s children company 1. The gods are not to blame by Ola Rotimi The novel is set in an indeterminate period of a Yoruba kingdom. It is dramatic tale of a man named Odewale who was born with a destiny he tried to run away from.   2. Eze goes to school by Onuora Nzekwu and Michael CrowderIt was one of the popular literatures back in the day. It portrays the life of a typical Nigerian community and inspiring determination in the face of chal

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Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Definition 1 : unruly or disorderly: wild 2 : marked by shyness and lack of social graces Did You Know? In French, farouche can mean "wild" or "shy," just as it does in English. It is an alteration of the Old French word forasche, which derives via Late Latin forasticus ("living outside") from Latin foras, meaning "outdoors." In its earliest English uses, in the middle of the 18th century, farouche was used to describe someone who was awkward in social situations, perhaps as one who has lived apart from groups of people. The word can also mean "disorderly," as in "farouche ruffians out to cause trouble."

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“AN AFRICAN THUNDERSTORM” 

“AN AFRICAN THUNDERSTORM” 

Who remembered "AN AFRICAN THUNDERSTORM''  by David Rubadiri. There is a lot of inspiration in this poem and that is what I love about it, It's really captivating, how the poem draws the reader's attention to the setting. I could picture the events of the chaos and uproar caused by this storm. This poem reflects how typical African villages are when rain is coming. From the west Clouds come hurrying with the wind Turning sharply Here and there Like a plague of locusts Whirling, Tossing up things on its tail Like a madman chasing nothing. Pregnant clouds Ride stately on its back, Gathering to perch on hills Like sinister dark wings; The wind whistles by And trees bend to let it pass. In the village Screams of delighted children, Toss and turn In the din of the whirling wind, Women, Babies clinging on their backs Dart about In and out Madly; The wind whistles by Whilst trees bend to let it pass. Clothes wave like tattered flags Flying off To expose dangling breasts As jagged blinding flashes Rumble, tremble and crack Amidst the smell of fired smoke And the pelting march of the storm.   David Rubadiri.

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HAPPY WORLD POETRY DAY

HAPPY WORLD POETRY DAY

Let us paint the world with our stories, let our pen be our instrument that would bring forth the voice of reawakening of our hidden treasures that lies in the stories that was left untold.

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Every Writer Knows These 18 Truths

Every Writer Knows These 18 Truths

  So many times, people just see the good parts of writing or writers that are projected on social media or magazines and what have you. Writing is serious business, and writers face their own share of how unpleasant or pleasant  (as the case may be) it can get. Everything is not always as it seems, there’s more behind-the-scenes to those great books and their creators than you can imagine. If you’re a writer, you’ll no doubt find these things to be true and relatable. Times will come when you have to be your own hype man. The people closest to you may not take you seriously. “Go look for a proper job and stop carrying book up and down.” Writing can be such hard work. You’ll face rejection from publishers. Publishing a book is not easy. Your ‘imaginary friends’ (a.k.a writer’s block) will desert you more often than you’d like. Your real friends may not grasp your constant need for solitude. Laziness/procrastination is your greatest threat to greatness. People look at you with admiration, but what they don’t know is the last time you wrote (should we tell them?). You read some books and self-doubt stealthily creeps in. All your weeks/months of

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Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer? Or ever fancied seeing your name printed in golden letters on the cover of a bestselling book? Well, if you just screamed a roaring ‘hell yes' at the top of your lungs, chances are you're meant to be a writer. You are meant to help change the world and inspire people’s lives through the power of your words. “But how do I begin? I have no ideas.” “I have ideas but I don't know how to put them on paper.” Worry not, I have a plan for you. Start reading and mimic the voice Write catchy titles Write for yourself Research and understand your audience Study ways to become a great storyteller Make your readers feel something Explore the Internet Be consistent Believe in yourself Write to throw the paper away These are my hand-picked top 10 writing tips for beginners to help you blossom into a top-notch writer. So explore each deeper, read them, apply them, and go get writing. 1. Read like a maniac As a writer, words are your fuel; and what better way to master words than reading itself. If you want to write, you need to read — and read, and read, and read! Read everything you can get your hands

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CULTURE: STUCK IN A DREAM.

CULTURE: STUCK IN A DREAM.

CULTURE: STUCK IN A DREAM.   Did you ever stare at a face carved in stone and within a split second of magical awe, realize that this man made soul is a correct depiction of the statical form of a man, stuck in a dream?   Reliving a life planted in his mind by a time when influenced by pride in a worthy home, his maker gave essence to void. A void which once was him.   Clinging now to the euphoria and wealth in his creator's smile, as he knelt before an oversized pebble, on that day, beside a glory filled hut. Surrounded by gorse and rich trees, dancing to the story filled songs, on lips shaped like the half-moon’s smile.   Do you ever stare at this face, and wish to be stuck in his dream? Or ask, "at what point did growth go wrong?"   Have we cast back into the night, Those shadows that gave depth to our plain, garish selves? Have we drowned in foreign light, the gentle, feeble glow, that was the muse in the darkest times   Wishing now to be sucked into our stone friend's sleep, Are we, ourselves, stuck in a dream? A tap on the shoulder, or a loud call away

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BROKEN OR NOT episode 2

BROKEN OR NOT episode 2

EPISODE 02 *I watched as Austin crossed from the other side of the road to meet me. “I can’t find her anywhere. Maybe we should take the car.” He said, breathing fast. I held my head. “I am finished.” I ran my fingers across my hair in fear. “Austin, my daughter is gone. What am I going to do? ” You are gonna calm down.” He replied and pulled me to the passenger’s seat. “Get in.” He ordered. I obeyed immediately and took my seat as Austin started the car. “Where could she have gone to?” I asked. He took a glance at me and focused on his driving. “Ijeoma, how do you expect me to know that? We are gonna drive slowly; you keep your eyes to the right. I’ll focus on the left.” He replied as he gazed through the window. “I am a failure; I should have left Tiwa with her father. I should have, I have really failed.” I started. “She is new to Lagos, this is her first visit and she came because of this trial. I am ruined. I have killed my daughter. “Austin shook his head pitifully as he turned in the next fuel station. “Ijeoma, this is not your fault. She decided to take off.” It’s my fault! I should have forced her to come upstairs with me. Where do I go from here?” I retorted angrily. He

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SILENCE

SILENCE

SILENCE In silence, some time ago. I pledged an oath to the sky. That when starless, I'll shine still, with a heart As bright as the sun.   I did forget, That when the storm raged, Even the sun failed To stand against the dread of its fall.   In loud cries now, I yell curses at tides unknown. I sing wailings to the flight of hope. Revisiting the memories of tales untold. To weep anew, for the death of love. I cry.   But not for long. For without hope dies the longing for things forgone. An interregnum to last forever. Without hope comes peace.   With an acceptance, Of the things that are. A love for stillness and the weight which is a loss, we've lost.   So, in silence, once again. I'll pledge, To forever, like the sky, remain in bliss with a heart as bright As the sun. to love you still. Oblivious of the starlessness of dawn.

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