She is 23 years old Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach Harvard University graduate of English literature.
She was born to write, a literary genius, an authority qualified to coach in creative writing. Her book is about West Africa mythology and culture; ghost, spirit world and superstitution. It echoes Harry Potter and
ghosts lurking around boarding school chapels the likes of madam koi-koi, ekpu, ifot, ogbanje, bush-babies, Yoruba gbomo- gbomo et al. Every boarding schools have their stories.
I never knew oyibo believe in ghost stories until I watched the film ghostbuster and read Harry Potter magic world. Tomi Adeyemi literally brought this to the realm in her book. She
has got 7 figure book deal, movies and TV shows under her belt right now!
This is where I am going with this story, she wasn't afraid to tell ghost
stories ,she wasn't held back by religion, superstition and fear of being criticised; backlashes. Una dey hear? Don't let anyone pull you down, ignore your critics, follow your instincts, don't be afraid of what people think. The very delectable Jenny Chika
Okafor once advised me not to listen to my critics 'they want to be like you ...but they can't'. I was moved by her honesty and incredible advice. I want to be like Tomi Adeyemi. I want my children to be like Tomi Adeyemi. I want all my family and
friend's children to be like Tomi Adeyemi.
Stop the critiques, let's lift up each other. Nigerians are too superstitous with varying disproportionate platforms. We
need to apply our knowledge in the right direction, own your truth, share it and be kind to one another. I've ordered 5 copies to give away to young people. If you have been following my blog, I celebrate people that matter. It could be you. You don't have
to be high and mighty.
Akon Margaret Kalu
Sunday, 18 March