Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Naija Bloggers Book

Truly one of the most exciting things to come through blogsville in a while… other than the recent rediscovery of the left foot of my red stiletto (which my friend ‘hip-hop fire’ mistakenly took with her to Michigan) of course…

… is the Naija Bloggers Book

The brainchild of our resident prolific playwright, author, journalist and lawyer Laspapi(who totally rocks), it is to be a book highlighting some of the best posts written by Nigerian bloggers in recent times.

Those of us who have spent a considerable amount of time in the past few months (and years) reading and writing are aware of the brilliance of certain Nigerian blog(ger)s.

Comedians and dramatists… politicians and spiritualists… photographers and fashion designers…

Naija blogsville has got it all!

Can you remember certain things you read… and thought… ‘oh my gosh… him too?’

Do you remember how many times you’ve found comfort in the words of another blogger

…someone you’ve probably never met but who’s inspired you? made you cry? Made you cringe? Made you laugh? Made you think?

How many people have you read in blogsville and thought ‘dang… this person should publish’?

How many times have you dreamt of a bigger audience for your work than the one you currently have?

Well here’s your chance!!!

I’ll insert the ‘queens English- no vernacular’ version of what I’m trying to tell you:


This is a call to all Nigerian bloggers worldwide to become a part of An anthology of the greatest works of Nigerian Bloggers-

A book called Naija bloggers Vol 1.

Nigerian Bloggers around the globe are requested to send in their stories or recommend great posts for the publication of a physical anthology, the first of its kind by any group of bloggers on any continent.

The categories are anecdotes, short stories, poetry, prose, drama and essays but there is room for as many sub-categories as are sent in as the book will also serve as a platform where artistes can showcase architectural/interior/exterior designs, photography, paintings as well as fashion and textile designs. Submissions are therefore welcome on any topic whether covered here or not.

There is only one condition- All submissions must have been blogged on or before Monday the 14th of May 2007.

Bloggers may submit up to 5 entries on any topic or issue but no blogger may have more than 3 works published. The Copyright of Articles remains the possession of the original writers.

The profiles of writers will be added to the anthology (those who wish to remain anonymous may do so, however)

Royalties will be discussed with selected contributors before publication.

The intention is to publish worldwide in stages, first stage being Nigeria and to make the book available all over the world.

Talks are on with publishers in Nigeria including Spectrum, Farafina and Khalam Editions.

It is expected that a compilation of the best of Nigerian minds on the internet will make fantastic reading, show a new and much needed side of Nigerians to the entire world, as well as give access to those who are not internet-inclined.

Submissions should be sent to not later than Friday, June the 15th 2007 stating date of blogging and blogname/address.

Please note that submission does not automatically guarantee the publication of all or any of the works. The final selection will be made by respected Nigerian writers.

Kindly put this up on your blog... so that others can find out about it

Se Fini!!!

Now I’m pretty sure our grandkids won’t be too impressed to learn that we wore bell bottoms, camoflauge, hammer pants, wet n Wild lipglosses and listened to boy George and Britney Spears… but imagine their excitement when they realize that our participation in the Naija Bloggers Book saved 75 Asian girls from underage prostitution, helped rebuild the ecosystem and put braces on the teeth of 1,325 Kenyan Immigrants.

Do it for the grandkids!!!

Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comment section of this post, Laspapi’s blog or email


Ugo Daniels said...

Ok roger that. Tnx for sharing

Soul said...

erm aburo...
are you sure that you are allowed to submit (recommend) someone else's work?.

Won't you have to seek the authors permission? before their words get published in any type of compilation?.

I think someone needs to make that clear.

Pink-satin said...

ggod idea.......pls put up some stories from Naija fine boy!

Diary of a Mad Soul Sista said...

yayyyy! finally, i get recognized for the amazing writer that i is!!! I SHALL BE PUBLISHED!!! YALL LOOK OUT FOR MY BIG BREAK!!! okay, so how much do i get paid for this? lol

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Ugo Daniels: you’re welcome… if you can… put it up on your blog so that other bloggers can find out about it… and possibly submit their work too… the more the merrier!

@Soul: oh no one’s allowed to submit another person’s work… you can recommend to the blogger to submit their own work… but of course not do it for them. A bloggers write-ups can’t be published if it’s not submitted by them. I know there are a lot of great Nigerian bloggers outside of our regular blog-rounds… so that’s why if more people put it up on their blog… a lot more people will hear about it… and possibly be interested in publishing their work in the Naija Bloggers book. Egbon mi… I expect to see some of your fantastic stuff there… ( lol)

@pink-satin: You could tell him to submit some of his stuff… you can paste the same message on your blog so that more people can find out about it… and if you have any great posts that you want to share with the world… feel free.. or check out laspapi’s blog if you have any questions about it

@Diary of a mad soulsista: yeye girl… I hope you’re not going to write something along the lines of your quest to find and have babies with black ice… I hope for the sake of the sane world… that you won’t write anything like that!!! Lol. Ask papi any questions about money( or … I guess you’re banking on one Marciano dress like that or the other… Barbie doll buruku… lmao)

temmy tayo said...

This is a good idea from Laspapi.

Idemili said...

I dunno. Seems a bit weird to recommend oneself.

יושה (Yosh) said...

Good stuff! I'll start saving for a copy...

Discombobulated Diva said...

thanks for the info... I know at least one of your posts will end up being published, you are such a talented writer... I'll probably be going through some of your past post so i can recommend one of yours...

take care :-)... ~DD

Uzo said...

Hmm..This is very interesting but i guess the owners of work need to give permission...LOL...I think i shall be sendign an email to a few bloggers suggesting they send some of their entries in

mack said...

*exhales* I'm all eyes. Thanks for the inpho. see u 'round.

LurLar said...

abeg i need tips too oh. Am not really a fan of pearcing, but the one that disgust me most is tongue piercing.