Dialectics

Hates & Questions

Hates & Questions

However, in all this time, drawing a little from personal experience and my many musings whenever I come across a piece of literature (text, audio, video) that tells stories of life, culture, relationships, I have gone ahead to analyse certain social conventions and way of living. Many things have annoyed me that I have noticed, and many questions I have asked.

At the end of it all, I cumulated these hates and questions and the last two days, I posted them as listicles on my whatsapp status and on Facebook.

I wrote straight from the heart, and I wrote with intent to induce ponder and rumination in the heart of the reader.

How the word “Wife” Got Many Thinking, “How Far is Far Enough?”

How the word “Wife” Got Many Thinking, “How Far is Far Enough?”

Nigerians love CNA. Yes, I’m talking about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Americans love her too. She’s almost like our favourite Nigerian-American these days. She’s strong-willed, as unapologetic as unapologetic can come when she writes (just read any of her novels or essays), and is, to me, the world’s foremost proponent of feminism.

I’ll pause here and say this: I am a big skeptic of the ideals of feminism, the “secular feminism” if you may. I, however, am a big advocate for gender equity and free speech for women. The sad truth is that the world has simply refused to limit their definitions of feminism to that; gender equity and free speech for women. This is what CNA fights for, and I’m solidly behind her.

Dear Mr. Coin | Handling Writer’s Block

Dear Mr. Coin | Handling Writer’s Block

For most people, beginning a first draft is the most difficult step in writing a document. Even experienced writers find themselves frozen when they first confront an empty screen or a blank sheet of paper.

You spend minutes thinking about the first word, then some extra minutes thinking about the first sentence. You find that you spend the same amount of time taken to write an entire page or two just thinking about how to start. Some writers just give up, or keep rewriting and cancelling. It’s gruelling, trust me.

Dear Mr. Coin | Handling Rejection

Dear Mr. Coin | Handling Rejection

I was just having a very interesting discussion today at work with a friend and colleague on rejection and failure. She was reading a book on learning to achieve success from failure (The Power of Failure, Charles Manz). I pointed out that, at face value, one may mistake the intentions of the book to mean that one must fail first before he or she might achieve success, as if failure is a given on the road to success, no matter how minute.

Dear Mr. Coin | Entertain vs. Inform

Dear Mr. Coin | Entertain vs. Inform

Take a little time to compare all your favourite writers. Notice how most of your favourite ones are the ones that tended to make you laugh, or smile while reading their work?

Now take a look at the other list of writers—the less favourite ones—are there not still wonderful writers in that list? Writers whom their writing have made significant impact in society and way of life today? Why aren’t they your favourite though?