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Who Am I….Who Am I Becoming?

A few minutes ago, I had to update my profile on LinkedIn and it dawned on me that I’m getting accustomed to being labelled “a Writer”. Forgive my “modesty” or whatever you think it is, but I sometimes think it’s too early to add that to my repertoire of labels. I mean, it’s just one novel and a speedily growing collection of unpublished poems, stories and plays that I don’t even know when they will ever get published – I know they will but I don’t know when. 

It’s not like I’m being bamboozled with fanmail but I still think I’m a private person and I like it when I’m just “me”. So I had to stop right there. I mean, it wasn’t easy putting it in one sentence that I’m a writer, materials engineer and design engineer. And I love the three, I don’t want to leave out any. Still I felt pressured to take off that Avatar I’m so proud of and put my real picture, someone told me it’s more professional to replace the Avatar on my Smashwords account with a real picture. I mean, have you ever seen an Avatar behind any of Wole Soyinka’s books or even Eli Glasman, instead of the real picture? Even Sharon Abimbola Salu doesn’t use an Avatar on Smashwords and she too is an upcoming writer like me. You have no idea how much fun I get doing the fun thing. I know it sounds weird but I am an Engineer because I love it and same goes for my Avatar.

Well, I still have to say to myself that before I became any of these, I was human. Being human is the most honest thing I can be. So while I will tell you I’m proud of it all, I’ll also want you all to know that I’m still the guy who could shit on his pants whenever a dog comes too close and I still fart once in a while.

Baby Copy of Wole Soyinka Couresy of http://www.kemifilani.com

Bottomline is “there’re truly somethings I’m changing as I’m growing, an example is the Avatar on my LinkedIn page but there’re also some things I don’t feel like changing yet and that’s the Avatar on my facebook page and on my Smashwords Page”. I’m hoping that sometime soon, Wole Soyinka will get an Avatar too and maybe get a low Caesar-styled haircut, it’s not a must that I should be the only one changing. Cheers!!

 
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Posted by on 16/08/2014 in General

 

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A Nigerian Robotics Whiz….Again!

Really, I wish I could get all “tech-ed up” in my language about this video.

But I can’t. I’m proud to just show you this robotics project by a close friend of mine who resides and is carrying out his robotics research in the Ahmadu Bello University in the violence prone city of Zaria in Northern Nigeria. His name is Iorpenda Msuega Jnr. He’s another bright example of the sterling intelligence of Nigerian youths who show innovativeness despite the odds stacked up against them – you’ll notice the materials used are cheaply sourced and fabricated with bare hands.

Iorpenda’s robotics work is partly powered by the zeal to use robots in search-and-rescue missions during armed conflicts with non-state actors like terrorists and kidnappers. This is quite common where we reside. For this reason, and in the spirit of friendship, I’m giving his innovations a voice on my blog, hoping you will join hands and give this brilliant robot an opportunity to help #BringBackOurGirls

 

 
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Posted by on 14/08/2014 in General

 

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So Good to Be Nigerian….So Good to Be Home

Ebola was in Guinea for Weeks

And all the news about it was grim.

Then it entered Liberia

And caused so much hysteria

Then it came in to Sierra-Leone

And we never heard the good stories of some survivors

Then it entered Nigeria,

And there was Frank Donga….

Not to talk of the Salt, Water and the Kola Saga.

Just watch this video, and you’ll know 

that we are the happiest

on the planet.

It’s just our love-language(a la livelytwist) and laughter

that takes us through every disaster.

I’ll always be proud of that.

 
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Posted by on 14/08/2014 in Poems

 

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