I enjoy reading, creative writing, travel; my fav places – Lagos, London, Croydon, Manchester, Jo’burg, Cape Town, Accra, Abuja, Port Harcourt, (and of recent Dubai), my family, my bookgroup friends, my writer friends. Interested or curious in how people of different nationalities try to get along or don’t. Hence my strong interest in South African literature and post colonial literature.
South African: Doris Lessing; Nadine Gordimer; Christopher Hope, Damon Galgut, Gillian Slovo.
British/West Indian writers: V.SNaipaul, Andrea Levy, Maggie Gee, Carlye Phillips, Donna Daley Clarke, Angela Carter.
West African writers: Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Chimamanda Ngozi.
Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher Davidson.
I like to write about places that I’ve been to so I’m likely to make comments on Britain, South Africa, Nigeria and India, and hopefully my blog is made up of varied experiences of different places. The most views I had on any particular post of mine is What it is to be British, on Julius Malema v Deborah Patta ( a big response!) and Nadine Gordimer. I guess the key theme in my posts is racism, and what interests me is how it seems to affect so many aspects of our lives no matter where we are.
The What it is to be British blog seems to be a post where people revisit constantly so I’ll turn it into a category/heading and place essays (dare I say bordering on to creative writing) and articles etc, and look forward to your comments.
I’ve posted a few articles at the beginning of this year. When I came across Petronella Wyatt’s article on bullying in schools, it reminded me of my own experiences and how they compare to what is happening today. The book and the movie The Help has proved to be interesting controversial interesting whatever! But I penned my thoughts, see what you think. Also I wrote on the The Artist’s Way. The big question is does it work? As I write this I am on Week 7 and I hope I make it to the end, so let’s see what will happen. Keep you posted!