Chief Nakedfeet


Guess who was interviewed live on the on-air book club on 92.3 Inspiration fm? Yes, you guessed right? Me. We mainly talked about someone else’s book at first. We later talked about my book for a whole, and I was interviewed.

Anyway, my own main session is this Friday. We will be talking about Antonyms of a Mirage and Atilola Moronfolu. Portions of my book will be read and listeners will call in to ask me questions. Please, tune in by 10.30 am to 11.30 am to listen live.


UPDATE on 04 JULY: Sorry people, I have had to postpone my live Interview with TITI on Inspiration to next Friday, 13 July 2012 for some unavoidable resaons. I had to be doing last minute runs, to find a writer to replace me in the interview. Still tune in this Friday sha, my friend will be talking about her book, The Blessing of Sarah, while I will be conducting mine next week.

I wrote a new article on Chief Nakedfeet. Please, read and click honestly in the opinion poll below. I hereby introduce to you Chief Nakedfeet.

Once upon a time, in a town called Baleria, which was made up of three major three major regions, there lived a man called Mr Nakedfeet. The people of Baleria decided to make Mr Nakedfeet their chief because they felt that since his feet were naked for a long time, and he knew what it meant to walk on hot sand, he would get rid of all the hot sand when he becomes chief.

The actual fact is that Mr Nakedfeet never promised the people of Baleria that he would get rid of all the hot sand, he only told us that his feet were naked for a long time, but the tribesmen of Baleria still assumed this.

Even when the little children of Baleria called Mr Nakedfeet to come and tell them what he would do for them once he becomes chief, Mr Nakedfeet decided to bear his middle name which was wax-filledears. When the children began to agitate, the elders of Baleria told the children ‘Sharrap ya mawut. All you small small shidren of nowadays. What do you know? Can’t you see his feet have been naked for a long time? You want him to still walk on hot sand to come and answer ya kweshons?’ And so the children of Baleria were silenced and forced to watch Mr Nakedfeet become the Chief of the town. After this happened, Mr Nakedfeet acquired thousands of shoes to wear. His feet were no longer naked.

What we did not know was that some people in a particular family from a particular clan were not happy that Mr Nakedfeet’s title had changed from Mr to Chief. They felt they were cheated and a member of their clan should have been made the chief, based on a meeting that some particular elders had some months back. This particular family called themselves The Diabulos.

So out of anger, the Diabulos started pouring fire on the sand the people were walking on. The sand became very hot, so hot that only people whose shoes had special soles could survive the heat. The people of Baleria all begged Chief Nakedfeet to save them from this hot sand because that was what they expected him to do, as the chief of the town.

On several occasions, the people ran to the Town Crier to report to the chief about the events.
Town Crier: Chief Nakedfeet, the people are agitating. The Diabulos have attacked the Kaduna family. They have made the sand there very hot... so hot that people are melting.
Chief Nakedfeet: Go and tell them that I VOW to end the attack of the Diabulos.
Town Crier: (Facing the multitude) People of Baleria, Chief Nakedfeet HAS VOWED to end the attack of the Diabulos.

On another occasion...
Town Crier: Chief Nakedfeet, the people are agitating. The Diabulos have attacked the Kano family. They have made the sand there very hot... so hot that people are melting.
Chief Nakedfeet: Go and tell them that I AM IN SHOCK concerning the atrocities of the Diabulos
Town Crier: (Facing the multitude) People of Baleria, Chief Nakedfeet IS IN SHOCK concerning the atrocities of the Diabulos.

On yet another occasion...
Town Crier: Chief Nakedfeet, the people are agitating. The Diabulos have attacked the Borno family. They have made the sand there very hot... so hot that people are melting.
Chief Nakedfeet: Go and tell them that I CONDEMN the attack of the Diabulos
Town Crier: (Facing the multitude) People of Baleria, Chief Nakedfeet CONDEMNS the attack of the Diabulos.

After these communication incidents, the people started getting tired. Chief Nakedfeet was always either in shock, condemning the attack, or vowing to end it. Yet, the sand kept getting hotter and people kept melting away.

This did not affect Chief Nakedfeet, as his feet were no more naked after he acquired thousands of shoes... shoes quality enough to absorb the heat of the sand

One day, after hundreds of people melted away, Chief Nakedfeet saw their wax remains and started crying. It was then the people of Baleria realised that Chief Nakedfeet had no idea about what to do to cool the hot sand. It was then the elders and children wished they did not make him Chief.

What will happen to the town of Baleria now? As we speak, the sand gets hotter by the day. People melt away, but Chief Nakedfeet cannot do anything about it, as he is still IN SHOCK.

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40 comments

  1. Will be calling in on Friday too. Will be nice to hear your voice, lol

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    1. Ooooh thanks. I wanna hear your voice too. I will be expecting to hear from you

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  2. Would love to listen in too,any live online stream?? Nice Article :)

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    1. OOh, Yes they do. Check this site. http://inspirationradiong.com/

      Theres a button on the upper left. Thanks

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  3. The story is nice but it's very obvious its about Jonathan and his 'no shoes'. I would have like it to be more consistent in remaining fictional though. For instance, instead of using Kano, Kaduna, Borno, maybe you should look for fictional names.It will be nice for an llustrated children's story

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    1. oh. Just seeing some of my typos.*liked* lol.it's a nice story and will be really good for an illustrated children's book

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    2. Thanks so much. It mentions no names. Its a satire, and that was what I was trying to achieve. Obvious, but yet, I cannot be accused of anything.

      I will consider your suggestion, rewrite, and see what comes out

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    3. The whole Kaduna etc thing spoilt the broth. The beauty of allegory is its annonuimity.

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  4. Atilola- I saw your comment and replied *dazed face*. I'd love to listen to your interview but time constraints. Enjoy it though and feed us back.

    Missy Tee!

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    1. Lol, didn't he tell you? He's the one that told me.

      No worries, I will feed you back

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  5. Nice stuff! Good luck with the on-air show. God is with you, Sis.

    Blessings

    - LDP

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  6. Like someone noted, it was obviously inspired by Goodluck. One thing though, it lacked consistency and to anyone unfamilar with his story would assume you were experiencing flight of ideas as you wrote this. My point is, you had the concept but not specific on how to execute it.

    I'll assume you rushed 'Chief Nakedfeet' because you are waaaaay talented.

    I hope your voice on air would open doors for you. Next time we would be tuning in on African Voices on CNN to watch you speak.

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    1. Oga, you are very wrong o. There was nothing rushed about this work. I don't do most of my write ups just blogging purposes. I only post them on blogs to know what people feel about it.
      I wrote this 2 weeks ago for a particular project, edited it, sampled another writer's opinion, and since we felt he's just one person, we decide that I should post it on blog in order to get honest opinions of other people, hence the opinion poll. So there's nothing rushed about it.

      It was written for the Nigerian readers, so as long as Nigerians understand it, I am fine.

      Besides, you dont know what inspired it so you dont know if my execution was right or not, lol. It was just a four-word statement inspired this, and this is the way it came out when I put pen to paper

      Thanks for all the side compliments, i really appreciate them. Your compliments and criticisms keep me going. Gracias

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  7. Would've loved to hear your voice and ask my own questions o,but port harcourt and lagos no be thesame thing.Good luck though.

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    1. Eeeya. Maybe you should move to Lagos, lol. Thanks sha

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  8. Congratulations on the radio feature! Just saw someone's comment about it being about GEJ and it just CLICKED!!! Is that what it's about? I'm not in Naij so I won't be able to tune in unfortunately, but good luck with it!

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    1. Eeeya, thanks. I appreciate you coming by and dropping your comments.

      As for Chief Nakedfeet... Lips sealed

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  9. "It was then the people of Baleria realised that Chief Nakedfeet had no idea about what to do to cool the hot sand" very correct
    goodluck with the radio feature

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  10. There should have been an option for funnysad. It would have been truly funny for me if Chief Nakedfeet was fictional.

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    1. You are right. In fact you got the one of the reasons why I put up the opinion poll. I kept reading it, the story seemed funny, but the issue wasn't funny at all.

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  11. Nakedfeet...lol. So apt! All the best with the show, Atilola.

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  12. This is Gej all the way ..lol

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  13. LMAOO!!!!@all the chief Naked's feet excuses..as in ure so right...hehehe
    its sad and true but its so funny..."he's in Shock, he's Condemning..., He didnt have shoes...LOL...What the Hell, like seriously, WHo cares about your shoes when people are dying due to starvation. how much more can a human being be selfish and inconsiderate.'' and its so pathetic that people listened to those excuses.
    i'm wondering if that would have even propelled me to vote for him if He had said that in his campaign speech cos thats a very dumb thing to even say so as to get people's vote and yet people went out to do so.
    was it the bias nature of naija people that led to this? i still ponder on this thought.
    @sharrap ur mawt o jere...LMAOOOO....
    you go girl!! atilola is gonna be on 92.3fm this friday..

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  14. All the best with your interview on Friday. You must be really excited :-)

    The story was clearly a satire, and represents Nigeria and Good Luck Jonathan. It reminded me of "Tales by Moonlight" ... for adults.

    P.S. When I saw it on my reader, I thought it was "Chef" not Chief. I was wondering whether Atilola had interviewed a Chef ... LOL!

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    1. Excited kee? I have done three radio interviews for this book, so the excitement aint really there.

      Loooollll. Wetin consain me consain chef?

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  15. US Ambassador ke? Gbo gbo bigz giels! I'm really happy for you and pray you keep getting bigger and better.

    I'm with Stelz, I loved the story and got the sub but i would have loved it a little more if you played with the names of the States and not written them as they are.

    Been a while i stopped by, hope you've been ok? Stay blessed

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    1. Thanks.

      Yes I am cool o. Thanks for asking

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  16. Would definitely tune in tomorrow. Wont miss it :).

    Like Ginger sad, it was a funny-sad one.

    He sure is clueless, and that to me is the saddest part

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    1. Lol. Apparently you skipped my update.

      Yeah, the story can be seen as sad oo

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  17. Nice satire. Seems it's better to critique when d latter part is published here.... But then I was a bit confused - it's supposed to be a third person's omniscient narration so the "us" in "he only told us" in paragraph two is misplaced - unless of course it's a first person's narration though it doesn't sound like one. - Emmanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu

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    1. Thanks for your comment, I really appreciate. Yes, the 'us' is an error on my part. I wrote it as first person plural before and later edited it to third person, but skipped the edit of that sentence.

      Thanks for pointing this out.

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