For starters, happy new month!
We’ve come to a pause in our adventure with Love, Your Enemy. A short pause. As I already stated, the book would be ready by the end of July, available on Okadabooks and on this blog.
So, I have gotten two complaints over this and I want to address them. The complaints were about me not giving my stories out for free. Once upon a time, everything you read here was completely osho free. That was because I had a well-paying job and only wrote as a hobby. But my writing journey evolved with time and today, I’m standing on both feet, relying only on the proceeds I get from my books. Yes, my dears, I don’t have a day or night job where I get paid a salary. This is all I have. So, telling me to give it freely is a slap to my face.
Secondly. I can’t do so even if I wanted to without facing serious plagiarism of my work. People come here, read for free, steal the stories and share them across social media without even acknowledging me. But since I started compiling them as ebooks, such cases have dropped drastically.
I understand that people outside Nigeria might have some difficulty purchasing these books. But for those who can purchase in dollars, pounds and euro, you can do so on Smashwords and Amazon. I hope to integrate a payment gateway on this blog soon so you can purchase directly from here, even with foreign currency.
Help my ministry, guys. Encourage African literature. Help us grow. And one of the ways is when you stop asking for free. For some of us, this is not a hobby. My life as an author in Nigeria is greatly impacting the lives of younger writers. I get a lot of messages in my inbox from them asking for direction, wondering if they can succeed via writing. Some will say as long as Sally did it and is doing it, so can I.
Why am I such an inspiration to them? I persisted when others gave up, when many felt there was no gain in being a writer. And thanks to God, doors are being open for me. The other day I was called to be on a show to take over Wole Soyinka’s place because he had failed to show up. Do you know what a privilege that was? Before that, it was Reuters on my phone, calling me for an interview.
I owe it to the Nigerian literary sphere and to young writers who look up to me to keep the candle burning. In Trump’s voice, let’s make literature in Nigeria great again . You guys are the other pieces of the puzzle. You help us grow when you believe in us and help take this dream further.
I appreciate all your support. Some of you buy my books, paying more than they’re worth. Some of you contact me on Twitter, Facebook, INstagram and via email to uplift and encourage me. I’m blessed to have you. Thank you.
There has been a rise in the requests for To Tame A Virgin. I have listened and I will act on it. I withdrew it because it was massively plagiarized. Even when I decided to give the password to certain people who asked, I noticed some of them were sharing the password with others. I will definitely restore it, but a revised version which would be up for sale.
Dear High would be up in two weeks. Please, do not miss the debut episode. All your favorite characters from The Fourth Finger would return.
Boys With Toys may never come back. It’s a probability because I really do want to rewrite it (it’s actually completed but I’m not feeling it) but I have other projects on ground and it’s not a priority. If I get a window of free time, I will revisit it and share it on this blog. Until then, please act like it doesn’t exist, so you don’t get heartbroken.
Expect the next episode of Love, Your Enemy in about two hours. Another one comes up on Monday.
Have a blessed weekend!