Yesterday, I went on an impromptu outing with my uncle. It was to an exhibition for Made In Nigeria products where one of their friends would be selling her products. Being the creative that I am (tending to disregard schedules most times and embrace spontaneity), I happily agreed. Five minutes later, we arrived at the venue.
After spotting about two Ankara fabric stands, I immediately knew it had been a good decision to come, mostly because I and Ankara craft have entered into a blood covenant (it’s that serious).
As we glided through the different stands, I was again confronted with the usual ‘expensive handmade products’ brouhaha. Being a handmade crafter, myself, I began to wonder- what is it we can we do to reduce the costs so our artsy products can enter the hands of our eager customers?
I know what it means to spend painstaking time gluing, bending, wiring and creating these products and then being questioned by customers why the monetary value of the handmade product is so high. I also know how it feels to fall in love with a handmade product, only to be told that it is 9,000 naira. Simpu Ankara jacket.
As I returned back to my uncle’s friend whose exhibitions stand touted organic cosmetics. When I saw ‘Coffee Scrub’ amongst the products, I got confused o. Will this one go in a mug or on the face??
I was struck with her unique marketing strategy; which was quite simple and effective – Caring About Customers. The way she drew the customers in was like honey drawing bees. A free sample here, a discount there, some free cosmetic advice…
Sell, she was trying to do. But not at the expense of her customers’ needs, wills and feelings. In this ‘money-crazy’ times, that’s something to think about.
We are not just pen wielders. Our pens wield opinions. Opinions that can make or break society.
We are the voice of the unheard, the extension of the suppressed.
A true writer should be able to observe society’s misnorms and translate it into written content. Hence, this piece:
I AM BARIGA
This is not we asked for
But you damn it.
They leech us
We’ve had it.
But the opposition
Will feed us
We believe it?
This writer has had it!
*Based on the deplorable living conditions of Bariga in Lagos, Nigeria. Feel free to share with any Lagos State government official you know (Maybe even the governor himself)
It is possible that my latest life lessons might be drawn from animations now…
I watched ‘Moana’ over the weekend. Its an animation film that centers around a young island girl who can’t seem to get over her love for the sea. Unfortunately, her dad, the village chief places a limit on that love – none of them on the island are allowed to go beyond a certain point of the sea.
In that movie, I learnt something about reluctant writers. Read More
Every single company.
Big, Small, Corporate, Creative. They all need writers.
Did you know that? Maybe you didn’t. Its not so obvious. But they do!
Imagine if companies had no journalists, PR officers, social media managers, editors, communication department, content developers, copy editors… JUST IMAGINE.
In this recession, as a writer, you can’t be jobless. People NEED you!
Do you want to learn how to identify these writing job opportunities when you see them?
Are you still insecure about your writing abilities?
I overcame that too.
I scaled through that phase myself and now I’m a social media manager, (ro)bot programmer (language-wise) and a content developer – me. A mere writer.
And now, I want to help others.
That’s why for 2 hours daily for 2 days, I’ll be siphoning every writing knowledge I have and sharing it in a Whatsapp group
See this image for details:
Forget the white face and the flowy white hair.
She must be a Nigerian child.
I present my argument: Read More
One of your friends had just stumbled on your ‘journal’ – your book of writings.
Unlike others, you don’t just write in it daily events. Poems, fiction and even eulogies abound in your journal.
She had come visiting because you guys hadn’t seen in a long while. Since you both graduated and gone on the National Youth Service exercise, it had only been phone calls.
Unfortunately, while you were you were cooking your lineage-famous Jollof rice, she had ventured into your ‘no-access territory’ where you kept your writings. Shet.
‘Kemi, Kemo. So you be writer?’ she had asked. In that split second, your brain became muddled. As usual. You had asked yourself this question a billion times too.
‘Me ke? I’m not a writer o!’
P.S There is a Whatsapp group I’ll be making public soon – ‘Boost Your Writing Confidence’ Masterclass. If this description of the writer in this story fits you, you should join. If you want to shine your God-given ‘writing light’ and hone it till others can’t ignore and are impacted, YOU SHOULD JOIN.’
Enough said. Who’s with me?
Type ‘Yes’ in the comment box so I know you and alert you when the group is opened up.
10 TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT YOU HAVE WRITING POTENTIAL
1. You’re a voracious
Discussions on Robots, Trump and Artificial intelligence, that’s what.
All, I had envisaged was a hurriedly planned meeting with two tech guys on a software challenge, but what I learnt was mind-breaking.
My mind broke.
Happy New Month,
This is another month to expand, develop and create new things.
Another month to preach the gospel.
Another month to achieve those written-down New Year goals.
Hope you haven’t forgotten them already? 😄
Or maybe like me, you got a bit discouraged about the ‘hefty’ goals you wrote down and you want to abandon them altogether.
Instead, stretch yourself and grow out of your comfort zone. It might be painful, and might even give you ‘stretch marks’ but it will be worth it in December.
However, there’s one thing you’ll need along the way – Words of Affirmation. There will be times you just don’t feel like it OR when situations just happen (no money, parents not believing in you, etc). What do you tell yourself in those moments? Negative things? Or POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS?
In the spirit of the New Month, I want to help you craft your personal affirmation statements.
From Demilhadey.com to you.
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