Once the largest plant in the orchard
Sprouting slowly in glowing growth
Timely trimmings by Mama Ezinne
Kept the hedges within approved height
Oh! If I had attempted a trade
It would have fetched a fortune
Worth a whooping kekefia – my Izon specialty

The bitter leaf tree
Bearing medicinal juice in stalk
Acrid antidote for sugary sickness
Healing for malaria bouts
Changing leaves in due season
Sweetening soups weekly
Nearest neighbor, patient pumpkin, redundant
A lifetime it’d have lived
But for the ravaging floods of 2012

Chlorophyll gone; now browning
A thousand squeezes is futile futility
Juice dissolved in the deluge
The once vivacious plant
Is now an ornamental tree!

Written by: Ebidenyefa Nikade
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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Why have you shut your eyes against your old culture?
Does my iro and buba not do me well than your ‘mini-gown’?

Why have you shut your mouth against our old food?
Does my amala and ewedu not do me well than your half cooked rice?
And does my pap not done me well than your oat?

Why have you shut your mind against your old wine?
Does my ‘palm wine’ not do me well than your strong ‘brandy’?

So when I move around in my ‘iro and buba’
And you call my culture barbaric,
I’ll smile and say, “I feel no shame”

Written by: Temitope Adedibu
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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Back by popular demand: less filler, more meat.


Are just creating filler content on your blog or are you really giving something really worthwhile to your audience?

The BrandBuilder Blog


Why I stopped blogging:

My last post here is dated February 25th. I wish I could say that was the last time I was genuinely interested enough to write and share something pertinent with you guys about brand management or marketing strategy or social business, but that isn’t true. If you scroll back through my posts for 2013 and the second half of 2012, you will probably notice that I was already kind of losing interest in blogging for the sake of blogging. Truth is, sometimes, even someone as outspoken as me just doesn’t have anything really all that pertinent to write about on a blog like this one, and though the discipline to carry on writing “content” day after day anyway is admirable in many ways, I found the exercise pretty much mired in futility.

A friend of mine in the industry told me about a year ago…

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Blogging Resources and Sources to Help You Blog


Lorelle on WordPress

Blog Resources by Lorelle on WordPressAs a blogger and professional editorial and technical writer, I have collected a variety of online resources and references to help me write, blog, and work. The following are a list of Internet resources, sources, references, guides, and tools that help me with my basic blog writing research and publishing.

I use these resources to help me research, but also as link recommendations in my technical article. As a professional writer and blogger, it’s important to keep a stash of resources and links to save time. Every blogger has their own unique list of resources and sources they call upon. These are just a few of mine.

Over the next week or two, I’ll share a variety of my blogging resources, including my WordPress-specific resources. Stay tuned.

Update:If you wish to offer a link or suggestion to add to this web page – DON’T. I am not accepting…

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