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Unpremeditated

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When my world died; I became the law.
I was thirteen when our neighbour, Benedict, raped me. The matter never became a case. He convinced my parents he would marry me after my secondary school education. To avoid the shame and stigma of rape, and because Benedict could afford to give them some money, I became his sex slave. My parents said I was Benedict’s property in waiting.
My daughter was born in my parents’ house when I was sixteen. I tried to run away with her to avoid moving in with Benedict but my father gave me up. I tried to protect her, but unfortunately, she was a silent and sad witness to my life. I tried to be happy for her though and gave her hope for tomorrow. I loved the belief I saw in her eyes when I showed her the vision. It inspired me to find a way for us to escape because there was no one who would help us. The law wouldn’t either because Benedict bribed the police away the only time I mustered the courage to report.

Dr. Towunmi Coker talks about her book and TCLI

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Dr. Towunmi Coker is a writer and the founder of Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative, TCLI. In this @naijabooks interview, she talks about her book, ‘Promise of the Future’.
How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I could use a pencil on a paper. I began in elementary school mostly after reading a book I did not like the ending; so I wrote my own story on a jotter.
Tell us about your book 'Promise of the Future'. My book 'Promise of the Future' is about a young girl, Ajoke, who was rechristened Celestina, by a woman she worked for. She was from a wealthy family but a sudden misfortune on her family led her to live with foster parents, where the madam of the house treated her as a maid. She encounters some other obstacles in her journey through life and the unfolding of twists lead us to some real life situations, and we wonder if the promise of the future holds beauty or more pain.

Oby Bamidele talks about her book 'Me, My Hair and The Rest'

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(c) Zayzee Writes
Tell us about yourself. I am an Authenticity Coach and registered counselor. I help people discover who they really are and overcome emotional and mindset obstacles that stand in the way of them embracing their true self. We tend to wear masks and conform to ideas and perceptions of who we think we should be, to the detriment of our true and genuine selves. The more self-aware and self-accepting we become, the more we thrive and live fulfilled lives.   
I am a Jesus follower; wife and mummy. I was born and lived in Nigeria until I was 15 and moved to the UK, where I reside.
Why did you feel the need to write the book 'Me, My Hair and The Rest'? ‘Me, My Hair and The Rest’ is really about my 10 year journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I preach and teach what I live.  The book is an autobiographical account of how much value I placed on the external. I lived from the outside in, so to speak. I focused on my external appearance to define my worth, and only…

Lagos @ 50 Recognises Maryam Elisha

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...A Zayzee Writes Release As Lagos State celebrates its 50th anniversary, more people are being recognised for their contribution to various sectors of the Lagos economy and one of them is Maryam Elisha, CEO of Rikaoto by ME, top designer of red carpet and pageant dresses and serial entrepreneur.
Since becoming a fashion designer shortly after her reign as Miss Valentine, the Rikaoto by ME brand has clothed lots of celebrities and beauty pageant contestants, helping to promote the patronage of made in Nigeria brands.

Drive Magazine, April 2017

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Finally! After some months, Drive Magazine returns with the New Beginnings edition.Meet CEO of Bimbeads Concept. Her interesting story is a reason not to ignore the skills that come to us naturally. Read how she pushed herself to create one of the most recognised jewelry outfits in Nigeria, while waiting for the dream job.
Our Entrepreneur feature is a young and hardworking lady who refused to be cowed when all she had got stolen in a beautiful economy recession. And, our columns are inspiring too. It is definitely new beginnings... Click here to read or download. Don't forget to share.

Azie, Celebrating Nigeria’s Beauty Through Her Books

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@naijabooks interview
Amaka Azie, is a part time family doctor and author of two novels “Melodies of Love’ and ‘Thorns and Roses’. One of five children, Azie, who enjoys reading, writing and watching crime TV shows, is self-published under Accomplish Press, a publishing consultant firm.
The author, who lives in England with her husband and two daughters, discussed her work and motivation with @naijabooks. Enjoy.

6 Questions For The Fearless Storyteller

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… as published on @naijabooks, an Instagram page dedicated to Nigerian book news, reviews and author interviews
What is the inspiration behind your new book, ‘Because Home Is’? A long time ago, I read a novel written by Faye Kellerman in which one of the characters said that “Everyone is either running away from or towards something.” So, people tend to run towards (their perception of) pleasure or away from (their perception of) pain. Everyone wants to feel safe in some way. And that's what you find at home – whether home is a person, place or thing. And it takes everyone a different amount of time and process to find, go to and function with(in) who or where or what they call home. It's a vocation or life calling, it's that relationship, it's that physical place where you are safe even if you're challenged to grow. It's the perfect symbol of “naked and unashamed”.