The Beginning

It all began on Facebook… 9 months ago. I wrote a post that wasn’t forethought, under 10 mins.. All I knew was that I was done for the day and suddenly, like a man possessed, I grabbed my laptop, yanked it open and the result was THIS POST. I never knew it was the pregnancy for my book.

Exactly 9 months later my book titled – THE SECRET TO IMMORTALITY becomes available for pre-order.

I’m a living witness to the fact that sometimes, the writer doesn’t choose the book. The book chooses the writer.

The Secret To Immortality

Pre-Order: Available – www.maturemindstalk.com/tsti

Soft Copy: 18-07-18
Paperback: 01-08-18

Thank God!

Short Man Devil

During one of my holidays at my cousin’s in Ibadan many years ago, life taught me a lesson I didn’t realize I’d learnt until this afternoon when I was reading a book where the author talked about the two ways humans generally react to gratification. No matter how good you are, if you’re always paying too much attention to the adulations, the praise chants, the roaring of the crowd, you can’t last.

I’m reminded of one particular evening at the field where my cousin and I had gone to play football. It was the normal 5-a-side and our team had already selected four players. We needed one more person and there were two people left to choose from. I remember the tall guy was nicknamed “Aghahowa” probably because of his football skills or his facial resemblance to the Nigerian national team footballer at the time, I wouldn’t know. Oh and the other guy was nicknamed “Short Man Devil”. Apparently because he was “down to earth”. Lol.

We quickly called Aghahowa, left our opponents with Short Man Devil and we were ready to ball. We had barely kicked off before Aghahowa dribbled two people and laid a pass to me. I blasted the ball beyond the keeper and into the… crowd. The crowd were cheering Aghahowa at every deft touch and soon enough, he dribbled again, and laid the ball to me. I didn’t go for goal this time; instead, took a turn, laid the ball to another teammate who slotted it home.

“Aghahowa!” “Aghahowa!!” The crowd chanted. “But it wasn’t him who scored” I thought to myself. Oh well.

Immediately, I saw Short Man Devil… Or SMD, as I’ll refer to him from here on, whisper something to his teammates who seemed to nod in agreement. After that first (and only) goal, Aghahowa was nowhere to be found. When we managed to get the ball to him, it was either he’d be dispossessed easily or he’d hurriedly pass the ball to an invisible teammate. What’s happening Aghahowa? We need you to be our point man and ensure we…

Goal!

SMD had one way or the other dribbled past two defenders and slammed the ball home. Game on! This was where it got interesting. SMD was a left footed player. We all were right footed. Every time the ball was at his feet, he knew exactly what he wanted to do with it. It was so difficult to get the ball off him or bring him down. I’ve over recent years got to know that short people have a low center of gravity; hence, they don’t fall easily. We were all taking turns to tackle him and…

Goal!

SMD again?! He’d dribbled past almost all of us, interchanged passes with a teammate, and left our goalkeeper in no man’s land. The crowd were cheering and chanting his name (I can’t remember now but at least I knew his parents didn’t name him Short Man Devil). Each time the ball was at SMD’s feet, it was like he was in a world of his own and we were unwelcomed guests. Every time he shifted the ball to his left foot, it was a potential goal. He showed us pepper. He scored three goals and assisted one.

He didn’t get carried away with the cheering and chanting. He kept his head down and ensured we regretted not picking him when we had the chance to. Many of us are like Aghahowa. We have starting but no finishing. We allow ourselves drown in the sea of adulations, rather than focus on the game until the final whistle. He who must win the man of the match must ignore the chants during the game.

Keep your ears closed and your eyes on the ball.

Cheers

A Touching Story

Hmm… It hasn’t always been like this. Honestly, it hasn’t. Only thing is, nature had always indicated it’ll be something similar to this. Can you see that image below? Yea – that book? I’ll like to quickly tell you something about that book. Even though it looks rickety and forsaken, that “higher education” note is one of my most priced assets. “Is” not “Was” and that’s the story I’ll quickly share.

I come from a family of creatives and I can boldly say that, because as kids, my elder brother was a record producer. He’ll get empty audio cassettes, gather us together and we’ll sing into Dad’s big black radio while the red record button’s being held down. We’d listen to it after the “studio session” and feel we could make a few bucks off album sales.

My second elder brother was producing fantastic drawings from the images in “The Book of My Bible Stories” (for the tough ones, he’d use the aid of a greased paper on top of the images. If you know, you know). My sister was writing emotional novels, the full length of that higher education. I kid you not. My kid bro also had his stints with drawing… Then all of a sudden; bam!

We grew up.

I wrote my first novel around the age of 12. I can’t remember the title or what it was about. Then I became a comics person. I’d rather buy comics than buy food. I could run errands in exchange for any comic book you have. Then, I was so in love with “Super Strikas”, I was dreaming about Shegz Okoro. I heard they’re still producing that comic series (talk about consistency). I read comics to the point where I began drawing my own series.

I remember people who knew me then, asked if I’ll try to produce it and do some sort of commercial distribution. “Wha iz that?” (In Jenifa’s voice) Me, I was just drawing for fun o. Which one is commercial? While drawing was going on, I became fascinated with writing. My passion for writing wasn’t born from being a very good reader (I sometimes struggle with reading even till now) but I knew there was a whole lot in my head and how I felt after penning things down can’t be fully described.

I’d write on any piece of paper I can lay my hands on, but then came this book in the image, titled “Variety Book”. That book should be around 12 years old or so. I’ll write poems, facts, short stories; oh… And I watched Frank Edoho’s “Who wants to be a millionaire?” with my book and pen. At every opportunity to write, I was just writing. I’d become so familiar with this gold of a gift, I’d totally devalued it.

In my new book – The Secret To Immortality; what I said about “Purpose” was that for most of us, we’ve become so familiar with what we we’re meant to be doing, we almost can’t believe we’re meant to be doing it. The day I stumbled on my variety book after about 4/5 years, I knew I’d been a writer all along. It just took me a few extra years to accept and reignite my purpose.

So on your journey to purpose discovery, look around you, become more self-aware and pick the things you’ve always done and probably still enjoy doing. Definitely what you’re meant to be doing is amongst those things.

Cheers!

18-07-18 “The Secret To Immortality”

Wait for it.

Don’t Envy Them

“…forget my small stature oh. I’m not a young boy. I’m just tired I swear. If I’m not driving my own car by my next birthday in February, I’m not even joking Jaybee; I’m starting yahoo plus. Is it not to have my bath naked and display 30 mins madness?”

I shook my head in pity and utter dismay.

“If that’s what will make you happy, then let me ask you – Do you really want to be happy or you don’t just want to feel left behind just like you’re feeling now”

Bode’s gaze hit the floor as he began scratching his head.

You see, a lot of us are in serious danger. The danger of the pace at which this generation is moving. Thanks to digital media, your junior in secondary school who just bought a car is what Instagram puts in your face the very first time you open the app in the day.

“New Whip… Small Girl; Big God”

Then you begin to whip your self-esteem with the “achievements” of others. You suddenly realize you’re under immense pressure to also make things happen. Like Bode, you don’t care about the process anymore. You just don’t want to feel intimidated seeing that old friend flaunting pictures of his trips to Dubai, London, Russia, etc; while you’re stuck in Akure.

In a time when even the wife doesn’t know if the husband is a kidnapper and the parents don’t know how many red handkerchiefs are hanging on their son’s laptop whenever he goes online.

In a society where nobody seems to care about the workings and only the answer is celebrated; the onus is on you to use your intelligence to select your pressure. Don’t stop grinding. You don’t know how many hours that image was photoshopped for. Filter through the filters; mind your business and don’t envy anybody.

Keep being productive.

Cheers!

© Jaybee 2018

I Was Pregnant

So, last year, blogger decided to confiscate my blog – Mature Minds Talk; just as I was considering moving here to WordPress. I decided I’d use my Facebook wall instead, for my thought dump but along the line, I couldn’t really keep up, and the main reason for that inconsistency was simply because I was pregnant.

Yup… you read that right. I had a baby on the way.

Males get pregnant too. On October 8, 2017, I wrote a post on Facebook which metamorphosed into a book that was birthed on July 8th, 2018. Pregnancy calculators; do the maths. Since yesterday, it’s been congratulations galore on the birth of my new book – The Secret To Immortality.

Thanks to everyone connected to me in one way or the other, who has in one way or the other spurred me on, via messages in my inbox, posts on your wall (you didn’t know I crawl people’s wall?), messages on whatsapp, phone calls and every other form of encouragement.

God bless you guys and this one’s for you.

ATTENTION!
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To pre-order “The Secret To Immortality”, simply send me click on it in the menu or just follow the link below to complete your pre-order form.

The Secret To Immortality

The book officially goes on sale on the 18th of July but the only two reasons why I think anyone should pre-order is because of the current 20% discount and the “Immortality Affirmations” bonus that comes with every pre-ordered copy.

Are you ready to own “The Secret To Immortality?”

Then see you on the other side of the link.

Do have a productive day.

Cheers!