A Recap of the Naija Stories Lagos Meetup 2012

A Recap of the Naija Stories Lagos Meetup 2012

Tosin Oshagbemi Begins.

When the idea of a meet was first mooted few months ago, the NS forum designated for that purpose got flooded with a lot of positive responses from members who walked the virtual streets of the Naijastories site on a daily basis. As it turned out, many of us had been itching for an opportunity to find out what every other NS person looked like in the real world and to interact on a more intimate level. So, this idea of a meet-up gradually metamorphosed, riding on its instant popularity, into a more elaborate plan that finally culminated in the big event (Oh! Maybe it wasn’t so big after all) that went down at the Elegushi beach, last Saturday.

I jumped out of bed and scurried out of the house that morning of 14th April, which actually was a rude departure from my usual Saturday routine. On a normal Saturday morning, I’d stay in bed hours after dawn, hugging my pillow and sleeping my eyes out – my own way of making up for the lost hours of sleep during weekdays – and then when I finally woke up, I’d do some laundry, treat myself to a meal (usually junk stuff) and settle firmly into the world of football. This morning however, I set out, heading for the beach with every intention of playing catch up with people who had been a very big part of my cyber existence, and very possibly, catch all the fun I could find. What I didn’t realize though, was that I would witness more fun than I had imagined – and unfortunately, more pain too.

Early Birds

We arrived one hour late, after a fairly bumpy ride that saw us almost ram a philandering okada rider who had swerved into our path so suddenly. On arrival, we met a deserted beach. There were no merry makers and certainly no sign of anything regular people would consider fun; no music, no girls in eye-popping, jaw-dropping beachwear – just lonely nature taking its course. There were a few hustlers here and there; some leaving and a few others bringing in their wares in order to prepare for the business of the day. At the gate, we had been flagged down by some desperate looking men who insisted we had to purchase tickets before we could proceed.  Tolu, my friend and contingency plan (he was completely unaware of this), had attempted to charm them into beating down the ticket price.

“Oga, you no sabi this face? You no suppose charge us like this o”.

The men who had obviously learnt to follow such jocular conversations, stood their ground politely, refusing us a rebate while flashing us half-hearted smiles and requesting for ‘something’ for the weekend.

It didn’t take long for us to realise our haggling was an exercise in futility, so we paid and were promptly allowed in. Once inside, we were much closer to nature. We listened to strong tides beat against the shore and watched trees swing elegantly, responding to the strong caressing wind. It seemed like the perfect place for a meet-up of writers. The problem, however, was that despite the fact that I was late, there was still no sign of anyone. I was there stuck, a few metres from the shores of this great ocean with this guy who could pass for anything but a writer. I turned and my eyes met his evil grin. He also had an I-Told-You-So expression written all over his face. He had earlier suggested that we’d be first to arrive while we were on our way.

“No one leaves for the beach this early”, he had protested when I stopped to pick him up that morning.

“This is not just a group of anyone, buddy”, I replied. “Writers are very serious people”, I concluded.

I had left out the detail that some writers were damn too serious for my liking and that I needed him to tag along in case the meet turned out to be an assembly of nerds.

With so much time on our hands and nothing else to do at that moment, we removed our shoes and promptly walked down to the waterfront. What followed was a ride on strong tides. It turned out to be truly exhilarating as we watched the Ocean pour, wave after wave, to pay homage at our feet. It was indeed very rewarding while we waited for others to arrive.

Then there was a little twist. A strong wave thrashed on us and then, my wallet which I didn’t realise had been spoiling for some action, flew out of my hand and rode in such majestic manner toward the centre of the Atlantic. Knowing what was at stake, I gladly played the role of the wallet saver. I dug deep for some inner strength and initiated a hot chase, pursuing after the wallet before it got out of sight.

Finding Everyone

I felt I had had enough after the wallet incident, so we walked away and immediately started scouring the beachside to see if others had started arriving.

Seun Odukoya continues.

I had had good reason to connect with Elektrika really early; really early that fateful day, so I was out of the house early (duh).  We met; and I think for the first time in a long time…well; that is none of your business.

We started for the beach in reasonable time; it was a bit after nine. Unfortunately I forgot to account for Ikotun/Ejigbo/Isolo traffic (which is a constant regardless of what day of the week it is); so we ended up spending more time getting to the Island than anticipated. It was therefore, understandably embarrassing when Tosin called me at a few minutes to ten to say he was there already – and I was nowhere near the Island.

Anyway, I got to the Island – Marina to be specific when Ms. Savage (Tiwa) called to tell me she was there and waiting. Uh oh.

I quickly sent her number to Tosin, asking that he connect with her so she would not be alone. Little did I know that 1; what she had said about bringing a friend was true, and 2; thanks to a taxi mishap, they had connected with our very own Shai who is NOT shy.

Without much ado I and my companion made our way to the beach…and the first person we saw was Tiwa; waving the phone I had just dialed up at me. I then found out that due to some *clears throat*, Tosin had not connected with her. Ugh.

Tiwa had a friend with her; Oyinade. Turned out they had been invited to join NS at the same time by @mikesfrequency…but she hadn’t joined…as at then. She is a member now; @mardey.

As we stood there introducing ourselves, I noticed a young man and woman walking towards us. I recognized Tosin; because I had seen a picture of his somewhere before but I did not know the lady. And I was pleasantly surprised to find it was Amy78; Amaka. Shai kept pointing above my head; when I turned I saw a guy standing on a raised platform about twenty feet above sea level who looked deceptively quiet. But I was not fooled. Not for a second.

That was my introduction to Thomasmann aka Dr. Zhivago.

I noticed Shai was carrying a bottle that contained a white liquid that did not usually look that white. I remembered something he had said to me earlier about ‘lacing my drink’ and acted like I had not noticed.

And so, the ‘NS Meetup 2012’ began.

‘NS Meetup’ 2012 Begins

Some ‘joker’ remarked that he expected to see ugly people because of the kind of stuff he had been reading on NS (I don’t know who told him writers are supposed to be ugly); but that all in sight were beautiful except…well; yours truly and an extra-large senior plus size woman (not an NS member; thankfully) whose mammaries looked like dinosaur eggs from Jurassic Park. She kept staring at Shai trying to make up her mind on one of three things; to either sit on him, swallow him or take him home. I guess she found someone who looked like he could survive the encounter better – because something Zhivago was saying distracted me; and when I looked up she was gone.

So we started talking – getting to know each other. There were a couple of debates…one about poetry and poets, and the other about spousal abuse. It was interesting to drop a couple of issues in the midst of such creativity and intelligence – and then sit back and watch different perceptions and personalities word it all out. Despite the fact that he was constantly distracted by the demands on his attention, yours truly managed to learn so much. So much.

Shortly then, Gooseberry called that she was around and like the gentleman I am (forget the haters); I went to get her. She looked like she was headed for an award ceremony and at first I wondered what that was about – till I saw the way a certain Dr’s hand lingered on hers as I introduced them. I cleared my throat, hitched up my shorts and minded my business.

Shortly afterwards, another call came in signifying the arrival of Scopeman with two of his buddies in tow – a dark skinned friendly fellow whose name escapes me now (how convenient) and a slim girl named Ayoka. A few seconds after we met them they vanished, raising a few interesting questions in my mind.

Scopeman was carrying a box of wine. Goosie had also ‘donated’ about five bottles or so to the pool, and the whole thing had started to look like a ‘Writers/Alcoholics Anonymous meet…but fortunately the ladies (and Tosin; surprisingly) had brought a whole lot of other stuff to lighten the effects of whatever we quaffed. I doubt anyone went home with anything worse than an aching jaw (probably from laughing too much), but apparently Tosin’s friend Tolu got into more than he could handle – and therefore the journey home was an experience in itself. I’m glad they made it safe.

Around this point, Amy brought up an issue and asked if any one there had the same issues she has sometimes; that of finishing projects. Scopeman responded, saying at the end of the day – it was an issue of discipline. Thomasmann said he found writing novels or lengthy works extremely tiresome; that he would rather start and end a short story and be done with it. Yours truly agreed.

Somewhere along the line, Scopeman noticed that he was/seemed to be the only one who kept and extensive and impressive database of Nigerian authors in his head; a ‘fact’ he found somewhat distressing. He would speak for a bit and then ask; ‘Do you know so and so author?’ His unwitting victim would shake his/head, and Scopes would sigh. After that happened like one million times (LIE) he became ‘upset’. He kept asking; ‘if you don’t read Nigerian authors, who do you expect to read you?’ And then he promised to do something about it; half-jokingly, half-seriously.

I fold my hands and wait for him patiently.

As all this was going on, a young man who was distracted by ‘personal issues’ kept stealing surreptitious glances at a lady who was trying so hard to be gentle and quiet; even though her personality said different. At the end of the day, personal issues triumphed and I watched the ‘death’ of a ‘romance’. I’m trying – albeit surreptitiously, to resurrect it. Amen.

Tosin kept disappearing and reappearing – and at some point I was bothered, but it seemed as though he had a couple challenges. But as I expected from someone his size – he handled them quite well, and it all turned out okay.

Somewhere around here I got yet another call that John Olubiyi aka Greatness4life was around. He had some issues related to work, but he had somehow made the time to come out. He said he would be gone in fifteen minutes at which I smiled; and he ended up spending almost an hour. I mean.

At this point, the beautiful chef of the day Elektrika broke out the plates while the guys ‘retreated’ to quickly discuss ‘issues of a male nature’. And then everyone settled down to enjoy Elektrika’s cooking. Around this time, Greatness took his leave and Seun Odukoya saw him off for a bit. Shortly afterwards, the t-shirts were broken out and shared with the owners who were around – and then it was time for photo op.

From left; Shai, Elektrika, Oyinade (barely visible behind Elektrika), Amy78, Dr Zhivago, Tiwa, Tosin, Gooseberry, and Scopeman. 

 It was something beautiful to see though…all those pretty/handsome faces decked out in black tops proudly announcing ‘Ever Heard Of NS?’ Props to Elektrika for that one.

Oyinade and Shai

Oyinade (@mardey) and Shai

Clockwise from left: Tosin, Scopeman, greatness4life, Thomasmann,  Waka-pass, Amy, Goosie, Elektrika, Tiwa (or at least her hands), Shai (talk, dark and carrying two cups)

A few minutes later, Tosin had to leave so he left, carting away Gooseberry, Thomasmann and Amy along with him. There was some more time spent hanging out and then – it was time for Scopeman to leave. Miraculously, his friends appeared again and we all walked them towards to exit. As we saw them off, @Phronesis came in, looking nothing like I expected. Cool brother too.

So after Scopes and his friends had left, yours truly spoke a bit with Phronesis and introduced him to the rest of us. We came back to our seat by the sea to find a nerd who looked like he belonged on NS sitting on it. We had – or rather Seun Odukoya had a small discourse with him on the Figurine movie…and then it started drizzling.

It was just five of us left at this point; Shai, Teewah, Oyinade, Elektrika and yours truly. We decided to leave then – it was a few minutes after five.

Seun Odukoya Ends.

So quickly we put our things together – but not before presenting our ‘nerd’ with a bottle of harmless wine; we did not want him and his glasses to end up in the ocean, and with a fond ‘with the compliments of Naijastories’ encouraging him to find the site and join. And then Seun Odukoya presented Oyinade with the book ‘Tomorrow Died Yesterday’ by Chimeka Garricks, also encouraging her to write a review AND to join NS.

And then we packed our things and officially ended the meet.

Of course, since you know we all left the beach together headed in the same direction (ten meters from any point), the story continues. But as far as the NS meet is concerned, the story ended two sentences ago. This is the appendix.

Thank yous to @shaifamily. @teewah. @gooseberry. @greatness4life. @babyada. @drzhivago. @amy78. @tosinosha and tolu. @mardey. @phronesis. @scopeman60. It was something to sit and speak with you guys.

Thank you to @admin for bringing us together. Thank you.

 

On to the next one.

 



188 thoughts on “A Recap of the Naija Stories Lagos Meetup 2012” by Seun-Odukoya (@Seun-Odukoya)

  1. Hehehehehehehehehehehe
    Not bad o
    I was there in spirit sha

    1. Yeah man. Totally forgot to add your phone calls…

    2. There in the spirit you said @kaycee??? This was not church meeting…lol

      Wow!!! It was a wow experience….
      Just dey think about the wild imaginational dream I had this morning…..lol @shai

      Somethings were missing ooooo @Seun
      All the same not all clothes we spread in the sun…
      I reserve my remain comment till other post in…..

      1. @greatness4life Thot I woke u from that dream? Hmm, I sorry for u o….U re proceeding into heavily mined territory.

        1. @Shaifamily U did but the memories cant just be flooded away by your pouring of waters…… What i saw was real seems like a an instruction to her.
          I will get to her in due time, had it been she is not marry now…….hmmmm……..lol

        2. ‘Heavily Mined Territory’ indeed.

          Proceed with caution.

          1. Aja ti o ba ma so nu….

            1. No be only you hear yoruba jo! Commot from hia!!!!

              1. Thot I deleted that stuff…since I ‘smashed’ d net yesterday, she has not let me go. She clinging tight.

            2. “Ko ni gbo ifé ode” @shaifamily

          2. There is an adage inn Yoruba abt a dog that wants to get lost….

      2. EXACTLY.

        Not all clothes are spread in the sun.

        Yup. Thank you.

  2. Blooody Hell!!!!

    1. White cell heaven!!!!!

      Hehehehehe!

      1. Hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Blue Ocean!!!!!!

  3. Really interested in what happened to tosin on way home o. Sounds like a story in itself.
    This is cool though.
    Nice and I am still laffing!
    Hard.
    Good for my morning mood.

    1. Yeah man.

      Those memories…

      I’m just so grateful. Bless God.

    2. @shai: NOthing serious o. Except that I had fun all the way (with tolu, @gooseberry and @drzhivago). Dude was ‘low’ enough to get us home.

    3. @shaifamily: NOthing serious o. Except that I had fun all the way (with tolu, @gooseberry and @drzhivago). Dude was ‘low’ enough to get us home.

      1. That’s the idea, @tosinosha

  4. Wow, the Tshirts blew me away! You guys really went all out on this, and I’m glad it went well too. I wish I could’ve made it but seeing the pictures, it’s alright.

    1. Yup. We did, and the results were/are not disappointing.

      It’s alright. Yup.

      Bless Him again.

      1. Maybe @Myne will grace the next one.
        I can count how many peeps feels sorry not making it down.
        Hahaha…

  5. Why am I posed like a character in a kung fu movie…. Nice interesting review. Now I know I wasn’t mistaken about the couple thingy @seun O. Heheheheehe.

    we should do this some other time…. just that… Never mind.

    Beautiful.

    1. @gooseberry

      I’m sure the kung-fu thingy was in response to something @drzhivago said…

      Yeah. We should. Never mind…what?

      C’mon. Talk to unca Seun.

      1. Oh unca!! Why will I want to react that way to the doctor? Maybe I acted on impulse sha…..

        I had wanted to say I might not be present if there’s a next one but I remembered I just might be if I’m around… But I’m doubting I’ll be around sha.

        1. @gooseberry

          And where are you going?

          1. @seun-odukoya, truth is I don’t even know where I’m going… Only time will tell but its definitely a state that’s not too far from Eko…

      2. @seun….. and what did the dr say?????

  6. Would have been a better movie if there had been a kiss in the drizzle.

    But I enjoyed the write-up. I would have been there if I was in Lagos. I really really missed oh. Next time even if I am not there, would call in and at least speak to the ladies.

    Thank you guys. NS is one big happy/kissing family.

    1. Because you see that the ladies showed up in effect…and are quite delectable looking abi?!?!!

      OLE!

  7. This was good. But why did you have to put the picture where my hand was…em…

    1. @babyada

      Where your hand was holding your dress down against your thigh to prevent it from blowing open?

      I thought that was a cute gesture.

      Heh!

      1. @Seun-Odukoya, thanks for the completion dearie. You even know me more than I do myself.

        1. You’re very very welcome.

            1. @shaifamily

              Don’t choke o…

              On second thoughts…

              CHOKE.

              1. *cuffs* AGAIN!

      2. @Seun-Odukoya

        Oh!…So you saw that! How long were your eyes there?

        1. @Afronuts

          Dude, I took the freaking picture. Of course my eyes were there as long as they needed to be.

          You mind?

    2. @babyada… Lol.
      Well I got a message for you…it’s not gonna be here that I will post it….

      @Seun I can feel you…

      1. *cuffs* again!!!

  8. smooth pictures…..cool people…err..or the other way round….*random thought…..the timing wasn’t well thought about, 10am??

    and what?!…you guys were there till 5pm?….i was on that same beach from 1.30pm till night. damn!!

    1. @eimehy

      Somehow I doubt your presence. There’s NO WAY you would have missed us if you were there!

      Anyways…I apologize again!

      1. apology accepted, shawn……..and yes, i was there.

  9. Now, did I mention that we almost ended up in Ibadan after tolu took the wrong turn? @gooseberry also confessed she had imagined me as a hunk (towering, well sculpted and all that). And for a moment, I wished she was right. Lool

    1. Hahahahahaha. @tosinosha, I would have cried if we hadn’t found that little path to make a U-turn. All I could see in my head was traffic…. And, you can still be the way I imagined you to be… You know what to do.

      …By the way, tell tolu to hurry with gathering them peppers so I can hit that writing contract with him. *winks*… Shey you remember na..

      1. @gooseberry

        Just remember to remit my share(s) of the publishing.

        Have fun.

      2. @gooseberry: Of course I remember. lol. Dude has always been obsessed with making it big in life. Since he was a kid o.

    2. Yeah @tosinosha

      Glad you guys made it home safe. Bless God.

      And thank you all for coming!!!! And Tolu too. Fun dude.

      1. “fun” or funny?

  10. wow , fun :)

    1. Yeah man…all the way!

  11. Choi! C wetin I miss..well…let’s see if there’ll be a next time.

    1. We hope so – but that will entirely be up to @admin.

      Thank you.

  12. :o I want Tshirt o! :'(

    1. @annabella

      You inbox me your phone number and it will be arranged.

      Cc @babyada.

  13. Wow… Whenever I am around, we must meet oh! Chei!

    1. @raymond

      You know how we do. Just holla…give us notice. It will be arranged.

    2. Yea @raymond……. Wanna see another meet up….I don’t mind if I have to pay all the bills seriously…
      @Seun and @Admin let’s work on this ooo…. Soonest

      1. Hehehehehehehe. Someone’s in a hurry to get married!!!

        Calm down, @greatness4life. Be calm. No one is stealing her away from you.

        At least not yet.

        1. rflmao.

          Ok. I fink I av counted about 4 peeps who feel sorry for not making it….

        2. Stealing her away, huh? Dunno that one o….lol

          Maybe u are right sha…….

  14. @Seun-Odukoya

    And where da hell are you in all these pictures?

    I must commend you guys for putting this together…even getting Tees for it. Its not easy but you pulled it off. Hope more peeps (including me) will attend next time.

    1. @Afronuts

      Who would have held the camera?

      And then – ask @tosinosha and @shaifamily and @drzhivago

      Everytime they tried to take my picture…something happened to the camera! Imagine that!

      1. Yeah @Afronuts, @Seun came well prepared with that joojoo. lol

        1. @tosinosha …well prepared with a jinxed camera? lol…gimme anoda excuse

      2. Haa! You are jinxed niyen!

        In fact you need deliverance…go and wash ten times in the beach water.

        Abeg!…I don’t believe you. So na only you take photo…una no fit use phone if camera dey screw up?

        You no get excuse oh!…infact is there nobody wey snap the guy sef??

        1. @Afronuts

          It’s a not a big deal na. I mean, it was to be expected.

          Hehehehehehehehehehehe….

      3. @seun-odukoya if u talk too much I will….
        Burst ur bubble o!

        1. @shaifamily

          Dude. Don’t hate.

          Besides, you know well that would reflect poorly on you AFTER all we spoke on.

          Hehehehehehehehehe!

          1. i do have your picture@seun odukoya…..but i’ll respect your “privacy”

  15. @babyada na fine chick O°˚˚˚!
    Una say she don marry?

    1. And she brought rice?
      I swear if I had known about the rice…I wouldn’t have gone for the ANA meet.

      @admin, I posted a certain review by one writer….its been weeks o

      1. It was not rice; actually @kaycee

        It was food.

        1. Same thing na.

          All the time we met, food was involved. It is not fair, you for tell me say food go dey na
          @seun, Gowon Estate, Is not far from you…I want the shirt na.

          1. @kaycee

            SO I SHOULD bring the shirt to you?! Really?

            Hmm. That’s not even funny.

            1. Was not being funny, and I didn’t say you should. But, I want my shirt o

              1. @kaycee

                It’s really easy. You know what to do.

        2. @Seun-Odukoya

          lol…What kind of Food?

          Talk before I start suspecting you served garri and akara and you don’t want to tell us…

          1. Do those people whose faces you see there look like people who drank garri?

            Trust me, the meal was that. A MEAL.

            You know what a meal constitutes, don’t you?

        1. @shai, no rice at ANA o, don’t mind them, they were ‘forming literature’.
          But to be truthful, the ANA meet was awesome. The months theme was poetry. Some hot shot poets came around, even Odia ofeimun and Chief Larry somebody.
          The poetry I heard that day gave me goose bumps.
          They were that good.
          And then I made some contacts too, contacts any writer should have.

          There, that is my own review.
          @admin rework it and repost it. Or I will tell ANA.

          1. hahahahahahahaha. You are one drunk clown! hehehehehehehehehe @kaycee

            1. ‘Drunk clown’ is right.

          2. Lol….ANA? Someone promised to show me that rope before…senior oga don florget!!!

      2. @kaycee: Walahi, it took special grace not to be smitten under her anointing

        1. @tosinosha

          No it did not.

          You were enraptured in the eyes of another lady…a certain…

          *said ‘lady’ puts a hand over his mouth*

          1. @Seun: seriously??? It was dat obvious? I mean, was I drooling all over the place?

    2. @kaycee

      Make up your mind. Who is it this time/next?

  16. Really had a great time. Every second was worth the while. The impact of NS Meet cannot be over-emphasised. I enjoyed myself…

    1. @phronesis

      It was worth it too. Thank you again.

    2. @phronesis: Boss, are you in the military? then I nor go lie o. That your name gives me goosebumps. lol

  17. this is cool and really comprehensive @seun odukoya…however, i’ll make a clarification… i do find long novels and stories tiresome, but not in the way you think…. while it is true that i write shorter pieces at a sitting, i find my talent better served in the longer forms….. i’ll have you read one of my longer pieces…. but great great recap….

    1. Thank you for clarifying. But you did not add the last part about ‘your talent then’…

      Anyways…nice one. Thank you!

      1. lol….its alrite boss
        @seunodukoya…

        1. and i forgot to credit @tosinosha for his part in this great piece…. and here’s welcoming @mardey home…

  18. Nice one….Wish I was in Lagos….It’s good you all had a nice time…perhaps next time would not be in lag but somewhere close….(coughs)

    1. Yeah.

      ‘Somewhere close’ or more specifically, somewhere close to where you are?

    2. Oh @enoquin, we missed you too! If that’s what you mean

  19. @Seun-Odukoya: of course to where I am, that’s how selfish I am…but I also want everyone to witness beauty in the process…I believe writers appreciate nature….and so would appreciate meeting where nature is awesome….perhaps that would require proper planning and all
    @tosyn: what else would I have meant?

    1. So @enoquin dearest…

      Where is this place you are o…JOS?

    2. @enoquin: nothing o. *keeping sealed lips*

      1. @ennoquin The Elegushi was close to nature, no?

  20. @Seun-Odukoya: Nope…Akwa Ibom..but I was referring to Calabar

    1. @enoquin

      Okay na. I’m glad that @jaywriter would only be willing to jump at the chance to experience Calabar girls.

      1. @Seun-Odukoya you know how it is man. As long they are artie, bring them on.

  21. Great recap guys @tosinosha and @seun-odukoya, great job!

    Hope I make the next one too cos this one looks like it rocked.. #NS4eva

    (and let me say again, that T-shirt is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done @babyada!)

    1. @guywriterer

      I’m so happy a doubting Thomas like you did not come. Hehehehehehhe.

      And it does NOT look like it rocked. It even went beyond rocking. It stoned.

      1. I don become doubting Thomas abi? Ok o.. ba damuwa… But really I would have come. I had to go for a wedding, like I said..

        1. I know, @guywriterer

          We have an understanding, you know.

          Thanks. Be nice to meet you.

  22. Evidently those that were there enjoyed themselves.Maybe I go show for d nxt one…@seun-odukoya,electricity and d entire NSers who made it a reality-Well done!

    1. @sambrightomo

      Thank you. That we did.

      Thank you.

  23. @Seun-Odukoya. Did I just hear JOS…? @tosynoshan. ‘Phronesis’ should not scare you. It simply means Practical Wisdom in Hebrew… For your question if I am in the military? Ask @Seun-odukoya.lol

    1. @Phronesis

      @gooseberry took your picture and she refused to release the pictures…

      Yeah. You heard JOS. Hehehehehehe.Wetin do JOS? No be Nigeria e dey?

      Yes o, @tosinosha. Ask me!

      1. Shey all of you can see @seun-odukoya? Me that was jejely going home when phronesis came.. How then do I have his pishure?

        Make una hold ‘yours truly’ o. Na him hol all the pix including his own.

        1. *walking away whistling*

  24. @Seun-odukoya. I can’t find me in the pics. Wahala go dey o. Lol

    1. Which wahala…?

      Jaiye’s on break but I got Shai on call these days, and Shai has a S & W on call…

      No shaking. Me and you no fit get wahala. NEVER.

      Nice one bro.

      1. That S&W has seen more action since Saturday than it ever did inn the last 3 months.
        Whatever happened?
        *smh*

  25. @babyada, @gooseberry, @tosinosha @shaifamily, @drzhivago. @amy78, @mardey, @scopeman60, @teewah

    Looking at the first photo, I kinda see some drama going on there…

    Eletrika looks just as I imagined – pretty and sly.

    Goosie looks very capable of being naughty

    Shai looks like a funky aboki with the ultimate swag

    Oyinade looks like someone from Yoruba nollywood

    Amy78’s got wondaful gaps and cute eyes!

    Dr Zhivago looks like he’s up to something nasty

    Tiwa seems unable to make up her mind whether to be sexy or cute.

    Tosin seems unsure whether to smile or show off his wristwatch.

    Scopeman seems to be acting like some sort of class captain!

    1. @Afronuts

      @babyada

      Pretty? True. Sly? Hell not.

      Every other thing you observe is on point.

      1. @gooseberry

        See the way you take reply? E be like say you dey plan something

    2. @afronuts I hope say another thing no dey dis matter?
      U pursue me so tey come here

      1. You’re suspect boi…I’m undercover

  26. @Afronuts I don’t think u av earned the rights to make these inferences…
    *Unhooking my S&W*

    1. @shaifamily

      Calm down homie. Calm down.

      Yeah…he does not have ‘the right’.

      But is he completely wrong?

      After all…he mostly said ‘looks like’. Hehehehehehehehehe.

      1. *holsters gun* U̶̲̥̅̊ saved dt guy.

        1. *Pockets dagger* You lucky u dint try it.

      2. @Seun-Odukoya You are not just a smart guy for this reply, you are also wise!

  27. Beautiful people! Anyway I now feel like I was there. Except for the food of course I wasn’t robbed of any other thing, thanks to you.
    Oh! I forgot, and your face. You have to do s/th about that one oh.

    1. @francis

      Exactly WHO are you talking to here?!

      Hehehehehehehe. Thank you so much!

  28. Thanks for the recap, @Seun-Odukoya. I’m glad you guys had a great time.

    Sorry to hear about your wallet, @Tosinosha. I hope nothing too irreplaceable was lost. I do wonder what kind of evil wave was able to get to your wallet.

    It’s great to be able to put faces to pictures. And of course, nobody is as I imagined them to look like.

    @Babyada, kudos to you for getting the T-shirts.

    @Scopeman, maybe you should start a ‘Nigerian Authors’ series to share your knowledge with everyone.

    And lastly, well done to all of you for making this happen.

    1. @TolaO

      You know, imagination is crazy sometimes. I’m sure if ‘we’ looked like you thought we did, you would not have been surprised.

      Thank you! You’re welcome.

      Anytime.

  29. I can’t believe hw much i have missed…..well done u guys,hpfully i will make d nxt one

    1. @obionyinye….

      Hopefully we hope you will too.

  30. No b small tin.
    What abt us at Abj? We go take flight kom de meeting.
    Anyways i always attend ALS meetings at silverbird and transcorp hilton.
    Abuja Literary Society, ALS.

    1. @louis/….

      We are SO HAPPY for you.

      If you carry flight come nko? So? E too mush?!

      Abegi.

  31. Wow!!
    Suddenly I feel happy and sad that I didn’t come…
    Lovely, lovely, lovely….really proud of the efforts of all of you who could make it. I really wish the time had coincided with my missionary trip to the West. Hopefully, better times would call and we would have better meets – if not in the physical… you know…
    Well done @babyada: I overhear your gist!! Na real Mami you be!
    @shaifamily: Must you live to your name? Na just ‘shai’ you dey take…
    @gooseberry: hey dear…saw this. Nice one.
    @amy78: cute shot!
    everyone everyone everyone: I would have fired some talk to each but my eyes are playing some tricks and I have to take my eyes to a book to get my thoughts back in focus. Well done everyone…Well done!

    1. Thank you man. Thank you.

  32. Oh well, what the hell!
    @scopeman60 and @gooseberry: na which kung fu una dey practice there na?
    Dr. Zhivago: na wa o… For my mind, na you win for the shots!! Even with the inflated mouth – what was that for? Hee hee hee…don’t mind me…
    @tosinosha: sympathies…Have you got the wallet back yet? Sad about it all. But I have this belief that we lose some things to get others far better. Don’t know how that works but I believe. Sad… How you dey? You na my bamn guy. Long time…
    @lactoo: Yeah, the Abuja people should plan something too… What do you think?

    Again, well done to you all for the amazing fun and @seun-odukoya: for making us feel jealous! Una too try!

    PS: @shaifamily: biko, what is ‘S&W’…

      1. A ‘Smith & Wesson’ handgun….

    1. Thank you again, @sueddie.

      Bless God. EVERYONE made it what it was. EVERYONE rallied around and made it a huge success.

      By ‘EVERYONE’…I hope you know I mean the people who were there…

      Hehehehehehehe!

  33. @louis: The Abuja gist was at you. How you doing and how’s your literary adventure?

    1. Mehn dude am kul. Wad up wit u? My literary escapade is getting tighter, and I love the new sensation.

  34. And even if this piece does rub it in for the people who missed it, Thanks @seun-odukoya and @tosyn for recapping it..It was fun to read and put us at elegushi beach, albeit in our mind’s eye..

    NS does rock and its members are ‘stoned’…little wonder it’s a madhouse..

    Glad dat i am a part..

    1. @sibbylwhyte

      We are glad to have you too. You’re welcome.

      We are all mad, aren’t we?

  35. This meet up is a nice thing, and kudos to the brains that birthed the idea. I think that in few years to come, this will go beyond a beach affair….but will rather become a festival of some sort where Nigerian writers, home and broad will gather to brood on issues of common and national interests. Maybe, when that time comes, I will host the first edition under the mango tree in my village primary school, where I first learnt to spell my name.

    1. @ichadgreat

      You know what? From your mouth into God’s ears.

      But first, let’s live lives and legacies worth celebrating.

  36. Everyone looks cute
    @seun where u dey?
    @babyada u tried o. I’m impressed you arranged the meal.
    @shai’s hair is like my brother’s. Perhaps you can help me understand this mini afro style.

    1. @osakwe

      I dey behind the camera na. No shaking,

      You know say @babyada na special of a special species…

      Hmm. I’m sure nobody told you @shaifamily has a gun…

  37. I am just so sad.To think that I was in Lagos and I absolutely had no idead abot this.

    So sad.So so sad……..*shaking head*

    1. Not to worry @easylife2

      You’ll definitely be aware second time around.

  38. Please when is the next one holding? I missed seeing all these fine peeps. Elektrika looks so electrifying…

    1. *clears throat*

      Trust you will be notified, @onyekadike. Thank you.

  39. @Seun: Ejo and pls, I will love to see this mystique that troubles the whole of NS day in, day out…
    *Hiss*hiss*
    Seun, I no mean am o. I mean d first sha… seein u

    1. @onyekadike

      Are you serious?! I trouble NS day in day out?!?!

      *sad face*

      Whatever makes the site bubble I guess!

      I know you’re kidding…thanks. We definitely will arrange that!

      1. Thanks, my lolo.

  40. @seun-Odukoya

    The recap is stunning

    Kudos to you all/awesome event

    I`m proud of NS/ members

    I feel blessed to be part of this amazing journey!

    1. Thank you so much… @iykewifey

      Yeah…it was great. Good morning.

  41. I met Ukamaka Olisakwe & Fred Nwonwu at Debonair Bookshop Yaba Lagos 2day o! She read 4rm her new book “Eyes of a Goddess”

    Ukamaka is a goddess wallahi. I was hypnotized. I’m so jealous of her husband. *winks*

    Anyway, hope sey una miss me 4 d Elegushi meet-up o! *sulkin*
    D next 1 shud b at National Stadium Surulere. Or wetin una tink?

    1. @koboko

      Dey there dey eye another person wife. Them go soon blind you.

      We no even notice say you no dey there!

      Hehehehehehehe…na Maracan Stadium we go do am!

  42. You and I must make a part….
    Just call my name, I’ll be there.

    Congrats.

    1. Who exactly are you congratulating, Uncle @ostar…?

  43. Ok, who was the cameraman?
    God bless these great minds.
    I am proud we could do that.

    1. @ostar

      It was not easy…but it was done. God came through.

      And everybody did too.

      ‘Great minds’ is correct.

      1. Hmmmm.
        Just came back here again….to relive that experience. BEAUTIFUL – just one word.

  44. All you did was make me JEALOUS!

    1. Well… @jonnysnow

      Let your jealousy spur you to action!

      Hehehehehehe! Pele!

    1. @igweaj.

      Undoubtedly you did.

  45. Nice to see you guys meet up in Lagos, I hope we have such a meet here in Port Harcourt soon

    1. @abbey

      You can make it happen. Nice one thanks.

    1. @Xikay

      Now isn’t that a funny question. I don’t know; did you miss it?

      Hehehehehehehe.

      What are you gonna do to fix your ‘missing’ this?

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