Bloggers, Readers, Writers... your help is needed


Remember the last post where I said I was going to 98.1 Smooth fm for a Book Reading/Review session, Author Interview and all? Well, I had a lovely time with the presenter, Hauwa. I hope some of you listened to the interview oo. I ended up taking few pictures.


My interview with TITI on Inspiration fm is this Friday, by 11.00 a.m. Please, don't forget to tune in. Thanks.



Hauwa, the presenter, and I




So as the topic implies, I need your help once again. I am currently working on a project and I think this approach is good, as it will make me more accountable. When i was a diary writer for my department in my former office, I realised that my articles were funniest when they gave me a specific topic or tagline to work on. I had to crack my brain and had to deliver well.

Anyway, I am working on a project, in which most of the articles must be funny but if I wait for inspiration from myself alone, I might take longer than required. So this is what I need you to do for me. Everyone should give me a topic or theme they want me to write on. I determine the setting, the characters and how the story will go. All I want from you is a topic or a theme. Then after writing, I will submit the story to you through your email address. So you get the story for whatever topic you choose, but you are only allowed to read the story aloud to one person. The story is yours and must not be shared. Let’s just put it this way, you are the teacher, I am the student. You give me an assignment, and I submit to you.

The guidelines for giving me a topic are stated below.

1. I, Atilola, should be able to relate to or understand the topic. For example, prism wrote about ratchet, which I believe is a reigning slang in US used for a very tacky person. That’s what I understood after googling it, I might be wrong. In this instance, I won’t be able to write about ratchet cos i can’t relate with it. So I won’t be writing about US or Asian slangs for that matter. Softly softly on me.

2. It must be a topic or a theme I can turn into something funny. For example, you can’t ask me to write by taking on the character of a paedophile. I am currently working on an article where I am a paedophile, but in no way can that article be funny to me or any right-thinking person. It can only be a melancholic or bitter article.

3. Please, think wide. Think outside the box. Be creative with the topic. You are allowed to suggest more than one topic, suggest as many as you like.

I am sure you are wondering why I am, stressing you guys when you the ones helping me. Abeg, I am on my knees, please, just be my teacher for once. Please

My punishment
After you guys give me your topic, once I have decided that I can write on your topic, I will be committing to a submission deadline to each person, which I will mail to you guys. If I don’t submit it by then, unfollow me on my blog and twitter. I sure don’t want to lose followers, so this is a serious punishment for me.
Thanks in advance for all. You guys are too much. So let me see what kind of suggestions I will be finding in the comment section.

54 comments

  1. Hmmm nice project. Try writing on the average Nigerian's pessimism. How's that?

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    1. Aite. Even though you ended up adding anoda topic later.

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  2. Nice. Write about the social media craze :)

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    1. Did you read the post I did titled Internet Celebrity? Maybe I will just do anoda one on this topic. Thanks

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  3. what about a rumor bearer or something
    a rumor bearer should do...and prob how she gets caught in her own web....or whatever..Lol..you're the writer. i shouldn't be doing the job for you...#big grin and wink#
    if you think thats not out of the box for you, you can tell me to drop something else oo
    goodluck...ur time starts now!!

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    1. Aaahhnn aahhnn, I have done something on this. Its called Blessing Gbeborun, and its in my book. I might do another sha. Thanks

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  4. Let's see...hmmmm....I'll like to read something about virtual friendship.

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    1. To be honest, I am not sure I understand what you are talking about. Are you talking about fake friends or long distance friendship?

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    2. Talking about making friends online and how much true friendship(or fake watever way u wanna swing it )can result.

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  5. Let's see...hmmmm....I'll like to read something about virtual friendship.

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  6. What about babies or little children, you could come up with something nice in this...not really thinking right now, I might come up with something better in time.

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    1. Ahn ahn. You haven't said anything oo. Do you mean the funny things they say or what?

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  7. Interesting... Write on "Home coming" - by this, I mean, the attitude of a Nigerian coming back home after a long time overseas. Make sure its funny o. lol

    - LDP

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  8. wow! you will have a lot to write about o! write about single parenting, trust you will definitely come up with something interesting. Best wishes...may i add that your pictures are really cute!

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    1. Yes I will. That's the essence of asking you for help. Thanks for your suggestion

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  9. I would like to read about growing up in Nigeria, life for children now was waaayyyy different from the life we had as kids.

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    1. Okay cool. I will work on this. Thanks

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  10. What about writing about the darnest things Nigerian Kids say? I can't wait to get you send me my copy, lol.

    Nice picture of you.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I will write about your topic, thanks

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  11. Hmmn, topic you can definitely relate to?

    For me, A story on Pre-Marital Sex will suffice....

    Thank you...

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    1. I was going to say no to your topic before, but on second thought, I have an idea, so I will do it. Thanks

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  12. U have alot to write about,i`ll read when you done.. :)

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    1. Looll. You no try oo. I wouldn't be posting the articles on blog sha

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    2. oops then write about the bad influence of technology.

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  13. Hmm all interesting suggestions... I wonder if you could write about Nigerians forming for themselves either at home or abroad? Is this too broad a topic? I think it could be funny potentially.

    Well done!!!

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    1. Aite, thanks for the suggestion. I will do it.

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  14. What about writing about domestic staff, security personnel, etc?

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    1. Lool, I even have a story in my head already about this. True life o, and I am sure its very different from what you might have in mind

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  15. how about stereotypes? this should be interesting :)

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  16. A story about Feminism in Nigeria, through the eyes of a woman

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    1. Aite, thanks for your suggestion. And thanks for dropping by

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  17. Hmmmmm,nice! I'm going to send you a DM on twitter with a few topics.

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  18. Interesting topics given by other comenters...so i will rather wait to read them later becox i am too lazy right now to think :D
    so goodluck.

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    1. Eeya, sorry. Thanks o.

      However, I won't be putting the posts up on blogger cos it is for a project, as I said. I will be sending the posts to the different people who gave me the topic.

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  19. A Day Inside Atilola's head?

    *wringing my hands in anticipation and grinning*

    No?

    OK, then Newborn Teenagers ( you know the ones that turn Xteen and think they are all grown up. I am dealing with two os such and would love to show them a potrait of themselves that would make them laugh BUT still drive home my Naijamom sense. Lol! Get it?)

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    1. So am I supposed to write as if I am the teenager? Cos that's what I can infer from your comment.

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  20. you are going places hun.

    hmmmm.. you can write about the government.. boring but i think our government is filled with funny people...

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  21. You can write about someone new to Lagos(J.J.C)

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  22. Atilola, i am so tripping for you cos u come up creative everyday and with almost every post. Write something about eavesdropping. A lil lad eavesdroping on elders or a woman listening to bedroom commentaries of her newly wedded son. Eavesdrop!

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    1. Okay then. Let's see how this goes. Thanks for dropping by

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  23. I'd like to read an analogy of the vehicles on our roads some thing where the cars are actually alive and BRTs are the bullies, the babes and guys are the slick cars.....You know.

    Id love to see what you come up with.

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    1. You have written the whole story naa, lol. Don't worry, I will surely write about this.

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  24. I like this @ilola!!
    Write about a nosy/shylock/interfering landlady/landlord?

    I cant figure what you did to your hair but it looks really nice.

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    1. Thanks o. Its my natural hair that was twisted in front and packed at the back.

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