Spoliers. That’s such a weird sounding word. Spoy-ler-rs. Right? No? Don’t think S—? Okay, okay. Let’s be serious.
That’s pretty much the vibe the third installation of the Thor movie franchise kicked off with. I saw it in a cinema a few days ago, and after seeing the god—lord—of thunder in a cage, seemingly overpowered, and then seeing the flaming demon with horns (which when I asked myself once I saw him, “Surtur?” and I ended up being right made me feel like a champion…oh the nerd in me!), I was like, “this, friend (referring to myself), is going to be a treat.” And, boy was it!
Juliet, my daughter just turned fifteen, and for her fifteenth birthday, she asked the strangest thing of me. She must have figured, I was male, and he was male too, so I should think alike, and I was an older male, and one who had gotten married, to her mother no less—her mother!—so, I must have gone through it too, or had had one who had gone through it talk to me, all shy and scared, and I must have giggled and found it cute, and because of the bravery, had agreed to go out. Juliet asked me to teach her how to be brave enough to ask a boy at her school out to a dance. The first thing I wondered was why she came to me and not her mother for this. I had a rethink. It was, in fact, her mother, was it not?
Going into the end of the year, one finds out that 2017 has been a very weird year. A good number of these weird things have resulted to calamitous responses and even more overwhelmingly incongruent actions taken to calm the situations (Brexit’s non-terminating spiral, Donald Trump, Catalonia, Las Vegas shooting, Charlesville, Libya’s slave trade, Mugabe to Mnangagwa, Bobrisky, Davido vs. Wizkid, Banky W, and the list goes on and on). All of these persons, or places, or events, have been at one time or the other, publicity vortexes, either starkly showing us the truth of the world we live in today, or brazenly operating as the perfect smokescreen to hide, at that given time, the bitterer things that went on while they took centre stage. I really shouldn’t be taken by surprise saying this next part, but, the weirdest of all these vortexes is someone from an erstwhile nondescript (as far as world geopolitical zoning is concerned) section of the universe, the acclaimed leader of the people in this section, none other than Owelle himself, Gov. Rochas Okorocha.
“Everybody, whether they know it or not, needs a platform to scream—at the world, at life, at nature. Most people never get that chance, or rather, never get to stumble upon it as most others do. So, they have to create it for themselves. Tukobos is a way of reminding writers out there that freedom of speech is real, and can be exercised. They can scream, just as I constantly do here.”
What do you do when you wake up early in the morning and discover that people are out there, actually watching and reading your stuff, noting things, deciding if you’re the real deal or not? And then they find out you are, and decide, let’s encourage him, let’s encourage her, let’s get him/her nominated for an award that if they won, would blow their minds?
That’s exactly how I felt two days ago. And the feeling hasn’t faded. I was nominated for the literary excellence award for this year’s Africa Youth Awards, alongside great movers in the world of literature, including award-winning NoViolet Bulawayo (someone I quoted when I made a mini-documentary on the propulsion and drive behind the existence of my literary organization, Route Africa Writers Organization, and as well, someone I deeply respect and admire)!
It’s been a hoot, believe me. But it’s not over. It’s voting period now, and I need your votes to take it home, to show that truly, I’ve got support.
To vote for me, click here: http://africayouthawards.org/vote , locate my name (CHIZTEREM NDUKWE-NWOKE), under the LITERARY EXCELLENCE AWARDS category, click vote, then insert your name and email and click send to verify the vote. Once you vote, that category disappears so that you can move on to others.
I’m seriously counting on you guys. I know it’s possible.
I also want to sincerely thank the jury and organizers of this year’s awards, and previous years’, and the excellent work they are doing for Africans all over the continent. Keep at it, you’re cementing your names in the sands of time.
Here’s the press release for the awards:
Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s most coveted awards for young achievers and change makers have announced over 140 young Africans and organisations from 25 countries as finalists for the 2017 Africa Youth Awards.
Launched in 2014 and currently in its 4th Edition, the awards has become a recognised platform for young Africans to showcase what contributions they have made to the success of the continent thus far, and the potential that they possess to take Africa to the next level across various key industries.
Nominees which span across 23 categories include: 51 females, 73 Males and 17 organisations in Africa and the Diaspora.
The shortlisted nominees were announced by Africa Youth Awards on 4th December, 2017 and winners will be publicly announced on 1st January, 2018.
According to Terser Adamu, COO of Africa Youth Awards, this year’s nominees demonstrates the army of young people who have taken the destiny of the continent into their own hands for positive results. He also encouraged Africans to support the nominees as the continent awaits the announcement of the winners.
This year’s award is supported by Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation, College in Ghana, African Youth Commision, WatsUp TV, All for Development, and iLead Africa.
Below is the full list of the shortlisted nominees of the 2017 Africa Youth Awards
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Chizzy Ndukwe N is a graduate of Petroleum Engineering from Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is a yet unpublished writer, and has been writing, mostly on online platforms, for eight years now and counting. His works can be seen on his wattpad profile, toryhub, yolar magazine, inspirecrib.com, and Birds and Bridges (the official blog for Route Africa Writers Organization, which he founded in May, 2016).