Steering away from his usual posts about weighty political matters,  Teju Cole opened the floor to some truly heartwarming comments when he wrote on Facebook:

“Goodness me. What a week, right? So, in the spirit of mutual care, let’s pivot to the positive. What has made you happy? Big stuff, small stuff, tiny stuff: share.”

Teju Cole put a positive spin on the ending of what was no doubt a tiring week for many. Also, it’s not every day that one of the most influential contemporary African writers in the world wants to know what makes you happy.

His post spawned a lot of beautiful responses from his fans, many unsurprisingly literary. Here are some of our favorites.


This organically beautiful one

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This sweet one

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This poignant one

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This truly wonderful one

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This utterly relatable one

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What about you? Can you tell us what has made you happy?


Photo courtesy: Flickr/Will Clayton

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About Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle

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Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle is a creative writer and a student of International Studies and English. Some of her work has been published by Shale, Limestone, Indiana Review and Brittle Paper. She is passionate about language, stories and Chipotle, and would almost always rather be writing.

2 Responses to “Teju Cole Opens a City of Warmth With One Facebook Question” Subscribe

  1. Hannah 2016/07/01 at 6:48 am #

    When it’s raining barrels outside and I’m safely indoors with my family, having a hot cup of Milo. The coziness. Oh yes, and NEPA is cooperating.

  2. Mikeinioluwa 2016/07/01 at 11:44 am #

    Currently setting up my blog! As happy as anything!

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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