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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 3: Besides The Bride | by Tolulope Popoola

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The wedding reception was going well, and all the guests seemed to be having a great time. Food and drinks were flowing, the hall was just the right temperature, and the lighting was perfect. There had been a minor hitch with the DJ just before the guests started arriving, but being an ever-efficient coordinator, I […]

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Dear Genevieve | The Writer Should Be Paid for Content on the Internet (pt. 4) | by Pa Ikhide

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What are you up to? Are the kids back from school? I am thinking of what you said the other day, about how you believe writers should be paid and paid well. I have always said that writers should be paid. It is a craft, a worthy vocation and those writers who give away the […]

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Dear Genevieve, Find Your Space (pt. 3) | by Pa Ikhide

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How are you? How are the kids? They are running you ragged, I bet. I was young once and scared, like you. I had great, young, rambunctious kids like you do. They say that there is no working manual for being a parent. It is a wondrous thing, parenting, but once you get over the […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 2: The Second Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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I rarely attend the church part of the weddings I work on. There’s usually so much to do at the reception venue, so I’m needed there. I usually have my trusted assistant cover the proceedings at the church, while I supervise the setting up at the reception. There are an endless number of things that […]

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Dear Genevieve, Find Your Voice (pt. 2) | by Pa Ikhide

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How are you? What are you up to? I am going back and reading the old classics from the African Writers Series and Fontana books, you know, African writers that I read in the seventies. Many of them are now out of print, but you can still find old copies in used bookstores and online. […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended by the elite in society. Pearl had been dating her fiancé for five years, and she kept telling me how much he loved her. She told me the story of how they met and how […]

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Dear Genevieve | It’s All in the Narrative (pt.1) | By Pa Ikhide

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 Dear Genevieve,  There is not a shortage of advice to writers. Young African writers like you are beneficiaries of unctuous sermons on what, how and where to write, most of it patronizing. Well, writing is like parenting or doing the dishes. You simply roll up your sleeves and do it. Write, just write, is what […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 6: This Thing Must End | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Badoo knew he would be a star in the eyes of the opponents of robot importation. He knew how closely the committee hearings would be followed by the rank and file. He was not thinking too highly of himself though. He knew the power of the money bags behind the idea. The morning after the […]

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