Your blog Literati: Satires On Nigerian Life has been nominated under the “Most Unique Voice In a Blog” category at the Nigerian Blog Awards! I am totally feeling like the proverbial red neck agama lizard that leaped from a high wall, landed without breaking anything, and then congratulated itself by nodding its head repeatedly. I have been nodding all day today. And night.
To be nominated for Most Unique Voice is also both awesome and worrisome at the same time – folks who know me would attest to the fact that I have the worst singing voice this part of the world. I have cracked a few bathroom tiles and even caused hot water to freeze solid, singing in the shower. Although I must confess, if I dare say so myself, my telephone voice is said to be much better. I fool myself and others sometimes by answering my cellphone with the conceited greeting “Esco’s residence, who is this?” There is nothing unique about my spoken voice.
If this were a music award ceremony, once they announce the nominees, I would storm the stage with my hangers-on, all of us causing a ruckus even if I did not become the eventual winner. This is that massive for me. Let me give my acceptance speech for the nomination now, so that if I do not eventually win, I would have said my bit “Other blogs are good, but Literati is for the children”
I am very humbled by your support, positive (and olofofo) feed-back and criticisms so far. Please proceed to the Nigerian Blog Awards page here to cast your vote. There are some truly incredible blogs on there as well, and I have also voted for a couple (not saying who); please do so if you can. The process is simple enough – you are required fill in the name and email sections, then make your selection (the Unique Voice category is listed at the bottom of the page, and my blog is listed as “Literati: Satires On Nigerian Life”). Once you choose and confirm your choice, you are sent a confirmation email. Kindly confirm your vote by opening the link in the confirmation e-mail. It is as easy as A-B-Chi. It is easier than 1 times table. Please spread the news as well so we can garner as many votes as possible. By the way, people under the ages of 18 can vote too, thankfully (all they need is a valid email addy).
I also want to thank those who have voted already. I am three times as grateful. Ha ha.
What does this mean for Literati: Satires On Nigerian Life, going forward? You have no idea – more refreshing articles, an increment of from-the -heart- posts, stories to help get you out of bed for work, break-time banter, urban legends to help relax your mind after a stressful day and naija tales to put you to bed, more Esco, less b.s., more sarcasm, less filler, more original Nigerian content, less knock-offs. It’s.about.to.go.down.
Pardon me, because recently I have displayed the tendency to force my music tastes or the lyrics of songs which I really fancy on others. As I love but leave you now, please have a listen to one of my best tunes ever by arguably the greatest band of all – “Walk On” by U2.
May the following lines, lyrics from this great song, inspire you, as they have me, and be proof of our concord:
You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been /
A place that has to be believed to be seen /
You could have flown away /
A singing bird in an open cage /
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom/
Walk on, walk on /
What you’ve got they can’t deny it /
Can’t sell it, or buy it /
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight/