#PickOfTheWeek – Candid truth from amazing writers

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It’s #PickOfTheWeek and we have four amazing writers today! We can’t wait for you to read from them. 

The first writer is Ugo Udoji we understand the place from which this comes from. Sometimes its so hard to forgive yourself when you make those silly mistakes but then we just have to. 

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Temilorun Adebiyi’s post is next. The way he describes love just makes us want to experience it from his perspective . Let us know what you think! 

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 Ipinlaye Mercy Olajumoke hits the nail on the head with this one. If everyone can take this stand the world would be a safer place to live in. 

farmto table (2)Ekene May’s charge to us is one that everyone needs to take seriously. We must ensure that we live our lives to the fullest. 

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If you are a writer and you post your work on Instagram, don’t forget to forget to tag @thesparklewritershub for a chance to be featured on our Pick of the Week.

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#PickOfTheWeek – A little bit of everything

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Hey Sparkle Writers! It’s Tuesday and as you know on the hub time to feature amazing peices  from writers who tag us on instagram. 

Today’s posts are from a little bit of everything.  Ceejay Eze speaks on anger. We are not sure we agree with what he says here but then it’s his view and we want to know what you think. farmto table (1)

We love this one by Maryann Okoli. It doesn’t make sense to give up on who you want to be because some people can’t understand what you are doing or who you are trying to become. 

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Thank you Sensei Fawx for speaking the truth. Before we talk about our colour, race, tribe or religious affinity we are first human. If we remember that, we’d treat the next person to us much better. farmto table (3)    Muhamad Solati speaks the truth with this one! Until we connect our pen to heart our voice will just be an echo. farmto table (4).png 

If you would like to be featured on Pick of the Week, don’t forget to tag @thesparklewritershub on Instagram.

#PickOfTheWeek – Nigeria, Time and Darkness, this week’s posts are different

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This week’s posts for #PickOfTheWeek are quite profound and thought-provoking. We admire all the writers for the depth of each piece. 

Our first feature is one that honours our dear country, Nigeria! If you are not from here this piece will help you appreciate us better. We really are dope! Thank you so much, Igbor Clement, for this. 

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The second piece by Nmesoma Agbo is all about domestic abuse and reminds people of how brutal it really is. Nobody should go through it. 

farmto table (1)Adegbite Tomi reminds us about how important it is to manage time do ALL we need to do every day. 

farmto table (2)The last and definitely not the least is a piece about the impact of building lives. No matter how much wealth we acquire. We really can never be truly successful if we don’t build people. Thank you so much, Andrew. 

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If you would like to be featured on Pick of the Week, don’t forget to tag @thesparklewritershub on Instagram.

#PickOfTheWeek – Life and everything in between

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We are excited to show you today’s #PickOfTheWeek. Writers are really stepping up their game and we love it. 

The first piece we are featuring is by Sakinah. She reminds us of what we do as writers, building our legacy through writing and why we should not give up. Isn’t this just the truth? farmto table

The second writer addressed an issue that is becoming too common around us. Suicide. We love how writers are using their skill to speak the truth and spread peace.

 

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Sensei Fawx didn’t mince words writing this one. If you are looking for something to explain how fast life is. This one hit the nail on the head. It also reminds us that nobody will be here forever, 

 

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This last piece hit home. There are just no words for how apt it is. Short and precise. We definitely agree with Daniel. 

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If you are a writer and you post your work on Instagram, don’t forget to forget to tag @thesparklewritershub for a chance to be featured on our Pick of the Week.

 

#PickOfTheWeek – Dreams, Love, Poverty and Life. You’ve got to read this

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It’s time for our #PickOfTheWeek. This week’s writers are talking dreams, love, poverty and life. They are baring it all. 

The first piece is by @barvemargai and he gives us a sneak and beautiful peek into his dreams. We can only imagine how big his dreams are by reading this. 

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The second piece that sure caught our attention is by Akinrulie Opeyemi. His piece helps us understand that poverty is a problem of the mind. He believes that if we can conquer it in our minds we would have made progress in conquering it physically. 

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Kunle Ibisola was right when he described love in this short and beautiful piece. See it for yourself. 

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Our final selection for the week is by Adewale Olayemi. For some love is a drug that cures pain, for others it is their worst nightmare. Yemi got this right. farmto table (3)

 

If you are a writer and you post your work on Instagram, don’t forget to forget to tag @thesparklewritershub for a chance to be featured on our Pick of the Week.

 

#PickOfTheWeek – For the love of creativity

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We are back with the popular #PickOfTheWeek on the blog. Like always we have four amazing pieces by writers who tagged us on instagram. 

Wasted years by Kate Iffy Chukwu

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We love this poem because we can relate with it. Most times it is easy to feel like we have wasted some parts of our life especially when it seems other people have gone ahead. But this piece reminds us that things will get better. 

Oluwafarabaledamilola Popoola’s poem is LIT. We think you should just see it. How many of us have tried this love prank on somebody else?

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The strength of old age

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The strength of old age is not really in their physical abilities, their strength is wisdom, depth and experiences. Andrew Osas Igbineweka explains this better. 

Rape and it’s dangers 

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Korie Chiemeka’s poem is a creative effort to remind us of the dangers of rape and keeping quiet. We love this weeks selection because there is something to learn from each of the poems. 

Tell us what each poem taught you. 

 

 

 

#PickOfTheWeek – We are loving these poems; we think you would too

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Hey Sparkle Writers, we are excited to show you some of the amazing poems we have read so far on our timeline for our #PickOfTheWeek. We hope you love them as much as we do. 

The first poem we have to feature is @thatpoetclem’s I think I love my muse. We think the poem is beautiful but his reason for writing it is what got us. How many times have we preached to you about writing even when you don’t feel like it or at the worst write about your writer’s block? This is exactly what he did. 

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Oguntola Dimeji  (@dime1ddon’s) poem titled ‘Our love is water‘ is the next on our list. We love the way he shows us the different sides of love in a precise and beautiful way. Look at it yourself. 

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The Ideal African Childhood by Victory (@the_vic.tory) also caught our attention. He took us back to our childhood and we didn’t want to come back. Do you miss your childhood?

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Last and definitely not the least is China Tori (@miz_uvi’s) poem that got us channeling our parenting instincts. 

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If you are a writer and you post your work on Instagram, don’t forget to forget to tag @thesparklewritershub for a chance to be featured on our Pick of the Week.

 
 

#WriterSpotlight – “I have an ever-growing affinity for poems that are inspired by strong cultural roots.” Kareemat Abdelkareem

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It’s not every time you meet somebody who is so in love with words and is not ashamed to say it. Today’s guest on our #WrtierSpotlight is one. We love how simple yet profound her answers are and we hope you can learn a thing or two from her.

Hello Kareemat, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do
My name is Abdelkareem Kareemat and I am a poet

You have an interesting relationship with words kindly tell us how it started.
I haven’t always been an extrovert. When I was younger, I was quite the loner and I usually read books for company. So when I wanted to express my feelings, I found I could do that well with poetry. So I’ve been writing forever

You won the @africanwriters 14 word story challenge with your beautiful entry, how long did it take to write that and how many times did you have to revise it?
That particular entry wasn’t revised at all. It just popped into my head after I’d put in about two other entries so I decided to add it at the last minute.

Where do you get inspiration from when you want to writea story
Everything inspires me when I want to write. I like to think that my thoughts come in lines and stanzas so it’s easy to put them down. I am not much of an author. As much as I like to write prose, I prefer the uniqueness of poetry in its brevity and and mysteriousness.

What’s your ultimate writing goal?
My ultimate goal as a writer is to get successfully published and have my literary work captivate, connect and enrich the minds of my readers. It is to let people know without doubt that poetry transcends rhyme schemes and offers a lot more.

Who is your favorite poet and why?
I honestly do not have a favorite poet. Different writing styles appeal to me, depending on the theme, the setting, etc. However, I have an ever-growing affinity for poems that are inspired by strong cultural roots. This is because our culture is who we are. When we stop talking about it, when we stop letting it to inspire us, then we become lost in time. Untraceable.

Do you have plans to take your writing to the next level, maybe by writing a book or performing your poems

Yes! As a matter of fact, there is an ongoing effort to publish a joint anthology with another poet. It’s titled Temples, Tales and Tempests and it’s going to have an exciting mix of themes. I have considered performing my poems and I will when an opportunity presents itself.

Do you have a platform (personal blog or another person’s blog) where you publish your stories or poems?

No. For now, I just write and keep them. However, in the the near future, there would be a platform where readers can check out my poems and make suggestions.

Aside from writing, what are your other hobbies?

I am bookworm. Books are my constant companions; I read a lot of genres but I’m a die-hard romantic! I love traveling. Someday, I’d like to travel the world all over. I love watching and acting in stage plays, I love photography and I’m an active phonographer (phone photographer), I also enjoy going to arts museums because art is life! I like to watch movies too. They are relaxing.

Some write for fame, others for money why does Kareemat write?

I write to express myself. My poems are who I am, my experiences and my own perceptions of phenomenons.

What’s your advice to someone who doesn’t believe so much in the power of his words?

Believe it or not – words are magic! If you don’t believe in your words, you don’t believe in yourself. But when there is an assurance within you about yourself, your words and everything you speak will be golden. Go paint the world rainbow with your words!

#WriterSpotlight – “Reach into the creativity of your soul and allow your mind to take you to places where you’ve never dreamt of.” Oche Victor

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Our #WriterSpotlight series is one reason we love Thursdays so much. Today won’t be any different.

Victor’s attraction to words led him to become a writer and spoken word poet even  as an Electronic Engineer. Pretty amazing! Enjoy his interview with us.

Hello Oche, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.

My name is Oche Victor. I am an Electrical/Electronics engineer and a writer/spoken words poet. I was born in Benue State, grew up and went to schools also at Benue and Rivers States. I am an addicted reader and love to spend most of my time just reading various articles. I am also currently writing my first book with the title, “Yellow darkness”.

We know you studied Electronics Engineering, when and how did you discover your love for words?

Oh well I’ve always had an extremely strong attraction to words. Although I clearly discovered this from the days of high school when I would scribble letters for my friends as well as compose text messages for my parents.

At what age did you write your first poem and can you tell us what you did with it?

I wrote my first poem at the very tender age of 15, which I titled “Broken ties”. I remember writing this poem and showing it to my friends and they were all astounded at such level of creativity. I was a shy kid, but I summoned courage and performed the poem at an event and that served as a springboard for where I am today.

Spoken word is becoming a thing in Nigeria but some people still don’t know what it is about, would you be kind enough to explain the concept?

Spoken words is more of an oral art that concentrates on the aesthetics of word play and intonation. Notable speeches such as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a dream” and Booker T. Washington’s “Cast down your buckets” could be regarded as bedrocks for the spoken word community. So basically, spoken words is just putting in emotional attitudes to these written words to make them appealing to listeners.

What’s the worst thing anyone has said about your poem and what was your reaction?   

I haven’t really gotten negative comments about any of my poems, probably because I tend to focus on reality and I’m mused by the events that happen to us in our day to day lives.

Different people write for several reasons, fame, fortune, or impact. Can you please tell us why you write?

Well, writing for me is something that flows from the deepest wells of my heart. I write for the love and satisfaction that comes from it, more reason why my poems and articles cut across all spheres of life. Moreover, this is the only medium which I can confidently express myself and like the saying goes, “Where your heart is, there your fortune lies.”

Do you have a writing mentor and why?

I do not really have a writing mentor. I do have a couple of writers I admire. I would say I find myself as my mentor because I like to fall in love with each and every poem I write and I ensure to get better than each previous piece I’ve ever written.

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On the average, how many times do you edit a poem before you say it’s ready?

I am the type of human who aspires towards perfection. And as such I could edit my poems as many times as I want to so long as the intended message is not wiped out.

What’s your take on the belief that ‘talk is cheap’?

I do not believe that “talk is cheap”. People just find a way to believe theories that suits their comfort zones.

What’s your ultimate desire as a writer?

My ultimate desire as a writer is that, these words I sketch would sink deep into the wells of hearts and inspire people to find a reason to live. I hope that someday, writers will be a force to be reckoned with as we are totally on a journey to “save the world”.

Have you done anything to improve your writing skill in the past years, please tell us what you have done?

Yes, I have. I have taken out time to read articles of writers who have created a world impact. Learnt a thing or two from how they have successfully branded their craft.  I also indulged in a group of writers community as we help kindle our drives collectively.

Is there a poet, writer or spoken word artist you would absolutely love to meet and why?

Oh yes, I would totally love to meet Ezekiel Azonwu, a poet and spoken word performer. I would love to look him in the face and tell him how much I love the way he crafts his words and the energy he exudes each time he performs.

What’s your advice to upcoming poets? 

Poetry is an art that stirs imagination, so my advice to upcoming poets is just, reach into the creativity of your soul and allow your mind to take you to places where you’ve never dreamt of.

 

What every writer should do before the big break comes

 

Even though most of us write to live or we write because we love it, we will not deny the fact that we won’t mind making extra cash from our writing. Who wouldn’t love to make money from her passion?

However this doesn’t happen immediately. So what should a writer do before his big break?

We have practical tips that can help!

Find a side hustle

We don’t know how else to say this. Don’t sit in your house and wait for that international publication that will pay you in hard currency. Do something else that will pay your bills. Well, except you don’t need to eat, buy clothes and pay bills till the international publication finds you.

You don’t have to stop writing. Just find something else to do; you can get a 9-5 job like most people pending the time writing alone can pay your bills.

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Talk about your work

If you are just sitting pretty and waiting for your big break, you may wait for a long time. Talk about your work to the people you meet at events, your office, church. In fact, everywhere you go. You never know who needs your service. Some writers are chronic introverts. /the sight of too many people can be frightening, but if your career is going to improve you’ve got to put in some work. And talking is part of it. Whether or not you like it.

Keep writing

Don’t mistake waiting for your big break to mean you should stop writing. Your big break cannot come if you have stopped writing or how will you be discovered? If not with your work?

Whether it’s a full time job, or a personal business do not stop writing. Don’t lose the flow.