In Marriage, It Takes Two To Tango- C. Mgbeadichie.

Read an appealing conversation between Chinelo Mgbeadichie and Gbenga Kajopaye as the author of the compelling mystery novel steeped in domestic violenceMrs. Unmarried speaks exclusively on what inspired her story, her idea of a marriage and her love for the mystery genre.      
Gbenga Kajopaye: Your book- Mrs. Unmarried deals with domestic violence and abuse and its effects on victims who mostly are the female gender. Why did you choose to write a crime story from that angle? 

CMgbeadichie: First, I must say that Mrs. Unmarried came from a dream I had back in Law school, so I didn’t plan to write on domestic violence. It so happened that last year pictures of the dream began to resurface in my subconscious [mind] and I started penning it down and years down the line it became this amazing piece called Mrs. Unmarried. And truthfully, I am proud of what it’s become and yes it is true that domestic violence affects mostly the female gender but that is not to say that the men are not victims too. Don’t quote me on that.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Okay. Let’s talk about your book title- Mrs. Unmarried. It’s an interesting oxymoron, but how did you come about this title? And what mental picture did you hope to create with it in your readers?
C. Mgbeadichie: Thank you for that question and of course for the complimenting observation. Well, the story is about a woman who is married and still not married. I mean, in the beginning you can see she is struggling with the idea of her being married in the real sense. Marriage is well beyond living in the same house or signing the marriage certificate, so Mrs. Unmarried is a symbol representing those who are married on paper but not necessarily married to each other.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Alright. Your main character- Ezinne is a kind of submissive character, until she met her childhood friend –Akunna. This submissiveness is a weakness her husband- Chukwuma capitalised and took advantage of; why did you use this approach to tell your story?
C. Mgbeadichie: Hmm, I wouldn’t exactly call Ezinne a submissive wife. I would refer to her more like a woman with low self-esteem, a defeated woman. Submission is a choice to allow the other spouse lead. Submission cannot be taken; it is given [and] that is why I don’t call Ezinne a submissive wife. To your question, I would say that the point of view is more like a correction of the mind-set. It was the same woman, who gave in to all her husband’s domineering attitude that also said ‘no’ to a man who loved her but whose character she wasn’t sure of. Something changed, even though she was in physical prison, she had met with women like herself who buoyed her. The message there is [that] your mind set can do a lot to your self-esteem and to who you are.
Gbenga Kajopaye: One of the characters that attracted my attention is Akunna. She’s an unpredictable character. In the story, she’s a celebrity and she’s brave, independent, strong, ambitious, and not religious. What exactly did you have in mind when you were creating Akunna.
C. Mgbeadichie: [Laughs] Wow let me commend you. You have really taken time to study each character trait in the book and that is amazing. Yes, Akunna is a strong woman but she also has her low moments too, but her strength is what you see most of the time. She is that woman who has gone through a tough time too and has come out strong. And I know a lot of women who have been through tough times and [have] grown a thick skin too. In every situation God brings people who have been there to help those who are there. It’s just the way life happens.

Gbenga Kajopaye: On page 10 of your book Mrs. Unmarried, referring to Ezinne you narrated “…she pitied herself all over, hadn’t it been because Samantha had gotten married to a cute young football player that she had been on the edge and in haste to get married to a young cute guy too and somehow she had disregarded every virtuous requirement her father had told her”. By implication, you seem to blame victims of domestic violence for engaging in mismatched and hasty marriages. Is that a right observation? Are you of the opinion that most mismatched marriages end in domestic violence?
C. Mgbeadichie: [Laughs] Okay, don’t get it wrong. Samantha was also a young lady who married a young guy and her marriage seemed rosy and comfortable, I mean I am not saying it was but at least she appeared happy to Ezinne. There is actually no one who can determine if a marriage is a mismatch. It takes two to Tango. Marriage works if the two parties are willing and actually striving to make it work. I am no marriage counsellor, trust me, but I know that if I put in efforts into my marriage and my partner did the same the marriage would work. The bible asks, “Can two work together except they agree?” 
So no, I do not blame domestic violence on mismatched and hasty marriages, rather I blame it on selfishness as well as the failure to treat others the way we want to be treated. I have heard of people who met and within a few months they were married and their marriages are working because the two people know that it is their responsibility to make it work and not the woman’s responsibility.

Gbenga Kajopaye: That’s great. I was a little surprised that in Mrs. Unmarried you cleverly introduced what I assumed to be your debut novel- Behind Dark Clouds which was published in 2015 by Partridge Africa. Can you tell me more about the book, and why you introduced it in Mrs. Unmarried?
C. Mgbeadichie: [Laughs] Yes it is my book and I decided to do a little pointer to it. Okay so, Behind Dark Clouds is a legal fiction as well, it’s about a young woman by the name Monalisa or Lisa as her family and friends call her, who was raped at a very young age and this incidence brought forth a beautiful daughter, but then her dream to become a doctor was about to be snatched away by fate because her parents were gone and there was no one to help her further her education. She took her destiny in her hands, abandons the child and runs off to fulfil her dreams. Then [she] returns only to be hunted by the fact that she had abandoned the child. The question is, if life put you in such a dire situation, what will you do?
Gbenga Kajopaye: Looking at some of your stories and the events unravelled in them, it seems that Murder cases are common in them. Are there possibilities that you would shift your focus from Murder crimes to any of the other crimes like drug trafficking, arm robbery, bribery and so on?
C. Mgbeadichie: Sure, definitely! The next book in the series is a political drama and has to do with racketeering and drug trafficking.
Gbenga Kajopaye: You’re a legal practitioner with a Masters Degree from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. This simply might explain why you write mystery or crime novels. Do you have any other reason or reasons you engage in this genre and what are they?
C. Mgbeadichie: [Laughs] I write mystery novels because I love the tingle I feel in my stomach when I am imagining the scenes. It’s like a love feeling; there is this ticklish [feeling] in my toes when I weave those suspense. It’s kind of comes with the territory though.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Can you tell me particularly the authors and books that influenced your writing along the mystery genre? 
C. Mgbeadichie: As a child I used to read a lot of Harlequin novels, I read premeditated murder, and a couple of others which I can still remember their story lines but somehow have forgotten the titles. I loved books that had mysteries in them. 
Gbenga Kajopaye: Are you currently working on another literary piece? Can you talk about it?
C. Mgbeadichie: Oh sure, I have posted some portions of them on my Facebook Author Page, [and] that’s @nelomgbeadichie and on my blog, nelowrites.wordpress.com. It’s a sequel to Mrs. Unmarried, and it focuses on Kim, the Movie producer in Mrs. Unmarried. Like I said earlier, it is a political drama of betrayal, love, [and] blackmail. There is a whole lot packed in the story. I feel the tingling already [Laughs].

Author Bio

Chinelo Mgbeadichie is a legal practitioner with a Masters degree from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. She loves to create and spin mystery tales. Currently she is in active practice and resides in Lagos, Nigeria. 

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A Divine Inspiration Could Birth A Divine Book_Read!

Penthusiasm Book Review

Are they philosophical short stories that use metaphorical conceits to prove some logics and beliefs in the various arguments of human existence? Or should I call them profound tales that are heavily obliged to be didactic to humanity? Penthusiasm by Bello Victor Oluwashina is a collection of seven catching, succinct and moral-driven short stories which are deeply steeped in the basic worth intrinsic to religious precepts and scriptures. 

Play Station, the first short story tells a story of a young school boy whose love for video games or play station games is paramount and second to none. The boy however, realises the system of destiny which, unlike the ‘football players’ in his video games, is not controlled by somebody else, but by oneself. My First Love asserts, through the story of Tunde who met his presumed ‘first love’ on campus, only to be so suddenly separated from her due to her emergent migration to  the US- that everyone had always had their first love before falling in love with any gentleman or lady. Mount Moriah is a brilliant adaptation of the popular Bible story of Abraham going to Mount Moriah to offer his long-awaited covenant child- Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God. The short story is told from little Isaac’s point of view which summarily added to the beauty and creativity of the whole narrative and which of course gives the reader a point of reminisce. 

Penthusiasm is a luminous collection of edifying short stories which truly is- in the author’s own word- ‘the writing of the pen through divine inspiration’, and which of course is the intended meaning of the coined book title- ‘Penthusiasm’. The language and style of the stories are concise, straightforward and down to earth; it is understandable and accessible to all levels of readers, which unfortunately is no good news to advance readers who are looking for a book to improve their vocabulary or lexis. However, it is basically a book good enough for leisure reading and relaxation, and I recommend this book to all readers who are looking for a fast, interesting and moralizing read.
LITERARYKING RATING 

Penthusiasm is rated Platinum  

Other reviews by readers on Okadabooks

kingtee says

Wow! fantastic

Innocentjosh says

A good Book It’s an incredible one.Can’t get enough of it. Love it  

 Author Bio

 Bello Victor Oluwashina is a prolific writer who writes articles and short stories to bring about a lesson worth while at the very end he has written some articles on http://www.gospelhitsnaija.com on their Gospelhits magazines section he is an Economist, Statistician and Educationist with the passion to impact lifes in what ever he does with the pen he is the author of PENTHUSIASM readily available on okadabooks.com more of his works are still expected online and in hard copies soon.  

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Sarah Iyare: Love is more than physical intimacy; it’s much broader than that_Enjoy!

Read an engaging conversation with the author of Bukky Alakara, Sarah Iyare; she spoke to Gbenga Kajopaye about her experience with the lower-class, her idea of a good relationship, and why she engages in romance as a Christian writer among others.  

Gbenga Kajopaye: Bukky Alakara is a very realistic, sensual and didactic story, especially for young people of this generation. Can you tell me what exactly inspired this great story?
Sarah Iyare: Well, Bukky Alakara, yes it is a realistic and sensual story, especially for young people. Well, what inspired this great story, I would say my immediate surrounding while I was growing up. I grew up in part of Lagos that had different classes of people. We had the people from the high-class; the people from the middle-class and of course the lower-class. And the way these classes relate to one another inspired my story- Bukky Alakara. It is a cry out to our youths of this generation, encouraging them to break out, to break these barriers, these walls of disunity, so that every youth, every young person from the different classes can relate with one another without feeling a sense of inferiority. This is what rampant in our youths of today.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Your book is a romance novel, and unlike many of the romance novels we have out there, it vividly depicts the romantic relationships between young people who socially belong to the lower-class. What made you choose this social setting to tell your story?
Sarah Iyare: Well, I chose this particular social setting because while growing up, I watched the way the lower-class, people from this part of the society, how they live, their day to day lives, their marriages, their friendships, [and] their relationships. Sometimes, you wake up in the morning to quarrels and fights. I grew up in the middle-class, and we were actually, I would say not really separated but secluded from everyone else.  I lived in a three-storey building; I lived on a top floor, and most times you wake up in the morning and start hearing screams and quarrels. You hear all sorts of noises and by the time you look out of the window, you see people exchanging words, exchanging blows [laughs] you tend to see drama every single day. So choosing this class of people for my story, I would say that I was fascinated, I’m still, fascinated and intrigued by their lifestyle while growing up; for that part of my life, I watched them and I wanted to write about them. I would still write about them in other stories, but in this particular story- Bukky Alakara, I actually chose this particular social setting because of what I’ve seen while growing up. I’ve also seen their failures, their joys, how their react to different stages of their lives. So that is why I chose this setting. 
Gbenga Kajopaye: Alright, let’s talk about your book title- Bukky Alakara. She’s your main character in the story, and that might explain why you chose her name for your title. But I also noticed that she’s the only eponymous character you have among your several titles. Are there other reasons behind this and what are they?
Sarah Iyare: Initially, I had a different title for this particular story. Initially, I titled the book Seasons, the different seasons we experience in our lives. I was trying to depict the different seasons Bukky experienced in different stages of her life and while writing half-way through the story, I changed the title. I wanted her to own what people saw her as. You know people saw her as common bean cake seller, a common akara seller. I’ve actually, in the area I grew up, seen these bean cake sellers, [laughs] I actually enjoyed buying akara and bread from them; very nice. I watched this set of people and how people relate with them, to them, the way people see them, they see them as low-class, common class. I’ve seen them being called names. So when writing Bukky and her story, I wanted her to own what she was being seen as and called. And I wanted my readers to see her rise from the ashes of her sacrifices and grow to become big. That’s why I chose this particular title. 
Gbenga Kajopaye: Okay. You just spoke about your main character- Bukky, looking at her life closely, you developed her around complex situations. Being an akara seller, a student of an Adult Education Centre, sitting for several examinations and also being a girlfriend to either Gbemiga or Chike, did you have any challenges developing such a character? What were those challenges and how were you able to overcome them?
Sarah Iyare: Developing Bukky as a character around complex situations was challenging but, I’ve seen it happen, I’ve seen people come out of these same challenges victorious, and I’ve also seen people being overwhelmed with these kinds of challenges and they give up. So through Bukky’s character, I wanted the youths of our generation to see and know that they can do it, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to do. Most of the challenges I encountered while writing were trying to showcase, trying to depict the pains that Bukky was going through, trying to see things through her eyes, trying to explain her emotions through words, and hoping that my readers would get the message. And what helped me a lot was when I try imagining, and when I try to see myself in her shoes. So I was able to pour out my feelings on pen and paper and this actually helped a lot. I actually had a very vivid imagination. 
Gbenga Kajopaye: Would you be surprised if your readers find Gbemiga- despite his weakness, errors and reversal of fortune- a more human, interesting and a character one could sympathize with even than Chike?
Sarah Iyare: No, not at all. At a point in the story, I almost wanted Bukky to go back to Gbemiga. But I wanted my readers to learn one important fact; you cannot eat your cake and have it, and there are consequences for every single action you take in life and when you fall, get up, don’t stay down. You’ll definitely rise again. 
Gbenga Kajopaye: I’d like to know the lessons you intend to teach readers particularly from Gbemiga.
Sarah Iyare: Well, the lessons I want my readers to take from Gbemiga is that especially as a boy child, you need to learn how to stand your ground, it doesn’t matter what your social status is. Never allow people to make decisions for you, especially in matters of the heart. You can take peoples’ advice, you can work with them, their suggestions but the thing is that you must weigh things yourself, and most importantly, you have to learn to zip up. If you look at our young generations of these days, the way they view intimacy when it comes to matters of sex, everybody feels that sex in a relationship is like a prize, it’s like a regular thing, the way young ones see these things these days is very pathetic. So through Gbemiga’s character, I wanted my readers to know that you can express your love to the one who owns your heart through a number of ways and not necessarily between your legs. There are other ways to tell someone you love him or her, it’s not just by physical intimacy [alone]. Love is more than physical intimacy; it’s much broader than that.
Gbenga Kajopaye: You described yourself as a Christian writer. But looking at your titles, the likes of Heartstrings, Torn, Together Forever and even Bukky Alakara, they are romance novels, as a Christian writer, what draws you to the Romance genre?
Sarah Iyare: Well, I was drawn to the romance genre due to my background while growing up. I grew up reading M & B, that’s Mills and Boom, Temptations and all sorts of romance novels. And I grew up watching romance movies, [and] series, my all-time favourite Titanic, Pretty Woman; a complete stalker for romance. But as a Christian writer who is passionate about glorifying God in all I do, my stories depicts what is expected of a born-again Christian in a relationship, e.g no sex before marriage and other Christian virtues.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Okay. What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Sarah Iyare: I grew up reading fairy tales, books by Walts Disney, the likes of Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs, Rapunzel, [and] Beauty and the Beast. I also grew up reading writers from Pacesetters Publication, but now I completely dwell on Christian literatures by Christian authors, and some of my best are Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury. I also like thrillers actually [laughs] I actually like horrors but not like the way I like romance. Some of my best books are, Three by Ted Dekker, then Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Are you planning to divert your attention a little from the Romance genre or do you feel your stories can’t be satisfactorily relevant outside the Romance genre?
Sarah Iyare: I believe that my stories are relevant with or without the romance genre. I have handwritten stories that are not published yet that are not in the romance genre. There’s a particular title I have, I See You, it’s not typed yet, it’s still on paper, I have others too, and even thrillers, I have thrillers, I have horrors, but I would say seventy percent of the books I have written both on paper and those I’ve published are of the romance genre, while the rest, thirty percent are thrillers and horrors, maybe a few comedies too.
Gbenga Kajopaye: Are you presently working on another literary piece? Can you tell me what it is all about?
Sarah Iyare: My present work is titled Beauty and the Mechanic, it is not published yet. It is a story of a ‘slay queen’ who was forced into her present lifestyle which she did not choose, and when she decided to pull out and live her life the way she wanted to live it, all hell broke loose, and of course she found love along the way. 

Gbenga Kajopaye: Thank you, Sarah for your time.

Author Bio

Sarah Iyare is a Christian writer who is passionate about bridging the gap between God and man through fictional stories. She started writing at a very young age and she has several unpublished books. Some of her published works are on Nairaland.com, Naijastories.com, Facebook.com and Okadabooks.com.

She has working experience in a few printing media such as Children of African Magazine and The Fountain of Life Magazine. She lives in Abuja with her husband and two children.

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Qudus, Author of Prisoner Of Love gets Book Review on Bella Naija.

​Romance writer, Qudus Oko-Osi recently got a befitting book review on Bella Naija for his dazzling romance novel- Prisoner of Love. It was featured on Okadabooks’ weekly post on Bella Naija, called LiterallyWhatsHot. The young author shared a screen shot of this post recently on his instagram page which he captioned

“Prisoner of Love Got Reviewed on Bella Naija. Read review here: http://www.bellanaija.com/2017/11/literallywhatshot-escaping-heartbreak-hotel-review-qudus-oko-osis-prisoner-love/”.

The financial and management consultant launched his book this year July and has also published his book as ebooks on Smashwords and Okadabooks. Currently, Prisoner of Love is featured on the front or home page of Okadabooks, and it has about 60 downloads, five reviews and five-star rating from readers. He also earned an appropriate and catching review from LiteraryKing recently which described him ‘as a writer with a lot of potentials and important stories to tell’. 

The author who had working experience in three different banks for eleven years is presently making waves with his debut novel as his instagram followers are really getting excited. He has several articles on public speaking to his credit, and has also written several poems.

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An Unequal Rivalry That Would Touch Your Soul_Read This!

The Help

A MEMOIR

By TIANA OLUWASEUN

About The Help

Love is a bridge, it closes the many gaps we have in humanity, but sometimes it’s not left to win unchallenged. In the absorbing memoir- The Help by Tiana Oluwaseun, love is responsible for an ‘abnormal’ relationship between an house help and the son of her boss. But then, he has a girlfriend, who socially, “was way out of her league” and this is going to lead into an ‘unhealthy’ rivalry. Can she throw her hat in the ring and compete? Or is love strong enough to win this time? Read the excerpt of the book below.

The Help Book Excerpt



If Derele was avoiding me before, now he has completely withdrawn from me. I don’t see him at all throughout the week that follows our lovemaking. He resumed his checking out at weekends too. Then it dawned on me that I had just experienced my first heart break. I had thought the sex would bring us closer but the effect was reverse. I could not sleep or concentrate in the day instead I carved what we had shared.

I soon was slapped back to reality though in the last weekend in September. On that Saturday afternoon, Miss Toke had come in her customized pink saloon car looking amazingly charming to a fault. I never knew Derele was travelling, maybe because I had become oblivious of things happening around me. He was going on a trip with his girlfriend, business or pleasure one can guess with the over-enthusiasm of the golden girl. 

“Toke, take good care of my baby.” That is madam.

“Of course, I know what big baby here likes, work, work, work, work, work, work, in it?”  Mimicking Rihanna.

Right then and there I knew as I loaded the boot, I snapped out of my mushy-mushy feelings for Derele. He obviously doesn’t care about me and I could not compete with Miss Toke. I was way out of her league.

Even if I don’t snap out of the love-lust, reality dawned on me that my first exam in the University of Abuja was in a week’s time. In between my make up to break up drama with Derele, I have lost track of my school work. I became desperate as I read to make up lost time. My first paper was a rude reawakening; I could barely recognize any of the questions. By the end of my exams in November, two things occurred to me. First, Derele was very bad for my wellbeing and second I should get my priorities right, which is schooling and work.

During the semester break, I did my best to get over Derele. In wanting to get his attention; I cautioned myself from getting all weak and aware of him as he walks into the room or speak to me. I stopped the fantasying and regretting by burying myself in my chores and meeting friends from school.

I can’t pin-point the moment I stopped caring until come January when school resumed for second semester, Derele would be at the dinning anytime I come down for school. I just know I am thick skinned now; once bitten twice shy. I don’t even acknowledge him, God forbid he would have the opportunity to run his dirty mouth and invite me for a ride in his car to school.

At first he was indifferent too, and then I noticed him trying to build rapport…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tiana Oluwaseun is a freelance writer and blogger; she blogs on Tiana’s diary (www.tiana.com.ng). Tiana is a storyteller and tries to illustrate our day-to-day lives in the society, the many stories we would have loved to share in her stories. Her eBooks can be found on https://okadabooks.com/user/Tiana-s_diary.

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The Marriage Of The World And The Church_A Tale.

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I do not disagree when Tiana says,

There are many in the campus church today that are vibrant and doing as they do in Rome and after graduation are worse than an infidel.

In fact, its brings into mind the religious life on campuses, but then, what comes after that? Won’t you be surprised if you see your Fellowship Coordinator- who preached incessantly against night clubbing while on campus- in a night club, drinking himself to stupor? Or would your jaws not get slacked from heavy shock when you hear your Fellowship Choir Coordinator- who sang ‘Olowogbogboro’ as a special number like an angel back on campus- singing songs like ‘Joromi’ in the media?

Some of us would see them as hell-bound hypocrites, and some might see them as apostates, but let’s see them from a different perspective, let’s read a gripping tale by Tiana Oluwaseun.

CHAPTER ONE

‘The world has entered the church; the church is in the world.’ Left to me, that should be my father’s official best saying not with the many times I have heard him say that to me. But any day, any time he would go with his signature, godliness with contentment is great gain. He said his father would always say that to him, and since he is fond of saying my first sentence to me, I guess it should be my official best saying. I can’t forget the first time he said it to me. I had just finished my pre-degree program to enter the university and the school already resumed for the new session. I was now a fresher finally and as I prepared to travel to school, I went to the saloon to braid my hair with wool attachment.

That day was a drama to behold. When I got to the house, I went straight to my mirror judging myself before anyone would. It is not like it’s my first time, all through my pre-degree days I was on braids but this is the first time my parents will be seeing me on braids. My mother had walked into the room to see me in front of the mirror.

“What is this Danielle?” I don’t answer and the next is history. She continues talking and I let her talk. Works well with African women. Let them have their spot when the nagging begins. God help you if you try to explain or worst still justify yourself at that point; then brother or sister you are done for. 

One down, I waited patiently for the next challenge, my father. Immediately he saw me, that first reaction was terrific.

“Go and loose that hair as I am looking at you. So that is what you do at school, next you will come home with nails like that of an eagle, paint your nails, mouth and nose. No child of mine would be a reproach to me when I am alive. You can do that when you marry or do not live with me anymore. Under my roof, my rule.” At this point he calls my mother, “Timilehin’s mother don’t you see the world has entered the church; the church is in the world”.

Nobody need to tell me to keep my braids to school and my natural hair for home during vacation. However, during my industrial training at 400 levels, the chameleon lifestyle had to stop. I was accepted to intern at the International Airport, Ikeja and come to think of it, the customer service department. Something had to give. Knowing the scores at home, I sat mother down and explained my dilemma. 

“Timilehin’s mother, I cannot but use attachment. I can’t go to the airport looking morose. I am working at the terminal mother, it is the International Airport we are talking about, white people come and go, and you know how my hair is when I plait them natural. I cannot tie scarf to work ooh.”

I let her talk, don’t bother yourself with what she said, you already know it. Hmm hmmm, the long talk about the way the godly woman should adorn herself. Once, she even pulled the stunt that all synthetic hair was from the water goddess. All well and good, African mothers are everly correct. So I let her do her thing. The important thing is I make sure she’s got my back when father starts his tantrums.

Sometimes I feel bad for him though. You know when the leader’s children are the bone of contention, it silences their vibrant message. So father had told his children at the children’s department that attachment is a sin; when you are born again, you stop using earrings and do not wear slack as a female. So this curious little girl in my church had seen me with attachment and decided to voice her confusion to her friend as I pass by them.

“Aunty is using attachment but Pastor Dada said it is a sin.” That moment it was like I was walking on two left legs, I was that embarrassed.

That brings me to the reason why I did not bother joining the workforce, I remember before coming to the university, a prophesy had come to me that if I served God in school, I would have a first class result; I figured that is why I am always churning out a four point zero something result no matter how hard I try at exams. So why would I want to join something I knew deep down I do not see myself accepting. As they say when in Rome, do like the Romans. The workers do not perm nor braid their hair, I like to perm and braid. Simple logic, don’t join them.

I know some might want to say I am vain and do not have salvation, but when you come to think about the many little girls in the church today who will say to your face, “they said this is a sin but she is doing it.” And that is after you finally accept your inner inclination to disapprove everything they believe and you do not. But by then, you are tagged the apostate because you have, as they call it, disbelieve what you once believed which you did not believe per say. There are many in the campus church today that are vibrant and doing as they do in Rome and after graduation are worse than an infidel. I do not want to be that person but let me tell you the story of that person. 

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Prisoner Of Love Book Review

Qudus Oko-Osi’s vivificated and humorous debut novel Prisoner Of Love is set in the contemporary 21st century of Lagos, Nigeria. It tells a brilliant story of how an exemplary love life between two young and happy couples to-be becomes cold and sour.

Tomiwa Lawson, a jovial banker meets Rachael Johnson- a heartbroken banker whose love life with Namuel was memorably agonising- in a distant learning programme in the University of Lagos. There is a sudden spark between them, and as the chemistry grows, they plunge into an amazingly sanguine relationship. Though their relationship is something perceived as impeccable, it is never left unchallenged. There are occasional advances from distracters like Mr. Emeka and Valentina, but which strengthen their relationship, until the sudden death of a relative- Samuel, and the materialisation of the Playboy- Bayo. Things begin to fall apart as the sweet love between them begins to grow strangely sour and Tomiwa witnesses the brutal effect of being a ‘prisoner of love’.

Prisoner Of Love is an animated narrative of love, happiness, betrayal, depression, passion and triumph with a lot of suspense and intrigues which keeps the reader not only glued to the story, but also saturated in the journey of gaining sanity and self-recovery in the face of dilemma and unrequited love. The narrative style of the author is quite engaging and dynamic, and through the shrewd use of imagery, Qudus was able to create a highly pictorial narrative to connect readers with his characters. The language employed in the novel is accessible and free flowing, though the author is a little guilty of dragging the plot, too much of digression and a bit of verbosity. The story is a brilliant one with a lot of dazzling traits, and Qudus had asserted himself as a writer with a lot of potentials and important stories to tell.

LITERARYKING RATING

Prisoner Of Love is rated Gold.

Other readers’ reviews on Okadabooks;

Shinyte says

Prisoner of love ! This book is magnificent, impressive, superb, amusing,tremendous, full of suspense, use of English was extremely encouraging. Thumbs up to the author… Just can’t stop reading it !!! I was allowed to rate it I would give it nothing less than100%…. A job well done.

Machristie says

Good read interesting. Though at the beginning, I felt the book was dragging but getting into the middle, I live every page. Great story.

Angygold says

 Prisoner of love Wonderful story. Engaging. Keep it up.

Yemwazzy says

 Prisoner of Love This book is simply marvelous! Qudus did a wonderful job writing this book. I enjoyed every bit of it and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. Nice job, Qudus.

AUTHOR BIO

Qudus Oko-Osi is a writer, poet, artist, public speaker, and a financial and management consultant. He worked in the banking industry for eleven years with experience spanning three different banks before resigning to join a financial and management consulting firm. Qudus brings into his stories his knowledge of banking and consulting. 

Over the years, he has written several articles on public speaking and poems. He also designed text book covers and did cartoons for magazines in the past amongst others. 

He enjoys reading, playing scrabble, and spending time with his family. He presently lives in Lagos, Nigeria with his lovely wife, Glory and wonderful son, Jason.

Connect with Qudus Oko-Osi on the following social media;

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