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Submissions are now open for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. The aim of this award is to honour writing and photography by Africans which is open for submissions “provoke thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.”
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Theme: Gender, human rights and/or sexuality in Africa.
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Limit: 15,000 words and 8 images.
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Names of entrants should not be included on the manuscript being submitted. All authors must remain anonymous.
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Deadline: June 25 2018.
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Visit their website for more details.
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I want to die doing what I love most: promoting and loving literature.

Yesterday's show was...amazing.
So so amazing.

The transcript will be on the blog soon. Please head over to Syncityng(dot)com to read past interviews.(link in bio)

Time meant nothing on the show!
Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! #Wediehere!

My literary platform gives me so much joy. So much. Barely three months after deciding to go the literary route, SyncityNG has amazed me beyond comprehension! Indeed, it is the fastest growing literary blog in Africa.

Last night, we hosted author of the book, An Abundance of Scorpions and the First lady of Kaduna state, Hadiza El-Rufai. The show got to reach over 900,000+ people across countries.😭😭😭😭😭(swipe left) ****My chest. Somebody hold me😭😭***
****The highest we ever did was 600,000+ a few weeks ago*** The journey hasn't been easy. Not many people know how hard I work. There are some projects you can't give to others because they don't share your dream or are either too nonchalant to see it through. But like I told someone a while ago, you have to show up for yourself...even if it's just you.

I am immensely grateful to our guest, Her Excellency, Hajia H. El-Rufai, Synners who tuned in tonight: Aisha, Nneka, Linda, Ojuju, James, Dhee, Nosa, Yele, Chukwudera, Ajijola, Ekow from Ghana, Ella, Amaka in Greece. Ijeoma, Eyekay. Can't remember all now but I see you.
Special thanks to Adefolami. Emebiriodo calls him "the hypeman you should have on your team". I agree. Like Amoshine's hypeman, "Cheee", he carries people's matter on his head.
Special thanks to everyone who tuned in esp. the Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai, his children and the entire Nasir family.
Thanks to @25pointzero, the creative agency of all agencies.
Let's hit one millon together baby,

Xoxo,
Chief Synner. *****
If you have a book/literary event you need to promote, send a mail to syncityng@gmail.com for enquiries.

P.S: I can't tag everyone so I'm not going to tag at all. Every Synner is equally important. Thank you all!

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We are going live in an hour from now!!
#Synners are you READY for this?!!
If you wish to be tagged, kindly drop your Twitter handle in the comments section 👇👇👇
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Author and First Lady of Kaduna, Hadiza El-Rufai, will be "visiting" my literary blog today by 7pm.
Venue: Twitter @syncityng.
You can't miss this!

Synopsis for "An Abundance of Scorpions": Tambaya leaves Kano for Accra to live with her brother, Aminu. Sadly, her dream of a new beginning is dashed when she can no longer endure the indignity she suffers at the hands of her brother’s new wife.

Tambaya returns to northern Nigeria and soon finds work as a matron in an orphanage, under the watchful eye of the ruthless Miss Scholastica. Just when she begins to settle into her new life, an unexpected visit threatens to destroy everything she has worked so hard to build. Tambaya faces moral dilemmas on all sides, but she must stop her life from unraveling once again.

Vulnerable, and surrounded by malice, corruption and greed, Tambaya struggles to shape her destiny. An Abundance of Scorpions charts one woman’s journey through grief and uncertainty to a road that leads to self-discovery, redemption and love.

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Following a tragedy, Tambaya leaves Kano for Accra to live with her brother, Aminu. Sadly, her dream of a new beginning is dashed when she can no longer endure the indignity she suffers at the hands of her brother’s new wife.

Tambaya returns to northern Nigeria and soon finds work as a matron in an orphanage, under the watchful eye of the ruthless Miss Scholastica. Just when she begins to settle into her new life, an unexpected visit threatens to destroy everything she has worked so hard to build. Tambaya faces moral dilemmas on all sides, but she must stop her life from unraveling once again.

Vulnerable, and surrounded by malice, corruption and greed, Tambaya struggles to shape her destiny. An Abundance of Scorpions charts one woman’s journey through grief and uncertainty to a road that leads to self-discovery, redemption and love.

Join us today by 7pm on Twitter @syncityng, as we discuss An Abundance of Scorpions with Hadiza El-Rufai.

Book can be gotten from @ouidabooks

#synopsis
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Happy #ShelvingSaturday everyone!!
What is your bookshelf like? 📚
1. Semi-full?
2. Full?
3. Overflowing with books: Damn! I need a new shelf! 👇👇👇👇
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Photo credit: @clumsy.words
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Born in Kano, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai holds BSc and MSc degrees in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and an MBA degree from the same university. She also has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.
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She is the founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation which aims to awaken and nurture creativity in children, and improve the literacy skills of disadvantaged young women in northern Nigeria.
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Hadiza currently lives in Kaduna with her husband and children. An Abundance of Scorpions is her first novel.
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This Monday, Hadiza El-Rufai will be our guest on the #SyncityNGLiteraryLordsandLadies show!!
If you are excited for this, let me hear a "whoop! whoop!"
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If you would like to be tagged, kindly drop your Twitter handle in the comments section 👇👇👇
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Congratulations to Kukogho Iruesiri Samson on winning the 2018 #DustyManuscript contest with his story #DevilsPawn
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This win came with a cash prize of 1 million naira and a publishing contract with @farafinabooks
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Can I hear a "whoop! whoop!"
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Chimamanda Adichie Wins PEN Pinter Prize
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The prize is awarded to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, who casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world, and shows a “fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.”
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The judges of the prize described Adichie’s understanding of gender, race and global inequality as “sophisticated beyond measure.”
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“In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule,” they said.
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Adichie, speaking on the prize, said:
"I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name.’’
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She will be presented with the prize on October 9.
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Source: The Vanguard
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Our MCM today is none other than the 2018 winner of the Lambda Literary Award: Frankie Edozien!!!
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He will also be joining us on the SyncityNG Literary Lords and Ladies hot seat tonight on Twitter at 7pm.
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If you wish to be tagged, kindly drop your Twitter handle in the comments section 👇
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Dear writer,
What do you write? Fiction? Nonfiction? Poetry? Essays? Listicles? Rants and reviews? Or any other literature-related piece?
Interested in Guest Writing a weekly column on our blog?
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Then let us be the platform through which your voice is heard!
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How to get published: Send a synopsis of not more than 1,500 to syncityng@gmail.com along with a short bio and a picture of yourself.
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Come on writers!! Let's go! 💃💃
Don't forget to REGRANN!!!
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As I'm always in search of a good book/story to read, I decided to go through my parents' library and look what I found!!
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Now, I've heard a loooot about this book and to think it was in my house all the while!!
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This is going to be my read for the week.
#Synners what are you reading?
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#goodmorning #books #biafra #thebiafrawar #alexandarmadeibo #war #igbos #ibos #civilwar #morningread #bookstagram #bookaddict #epicreads #history #lagos #nigeria #africa #Synners #Synnation #Syncityng

Frankie Edozien, winner of the 2018 Lambda African Literary Award for his groundbreaking breathtaking soul-touching memoir "Lives Of Great Men" will be joining us on the SyncityNG Literary Lords and Ladies show tomorrow.
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Venue: Twitter
Time: 7pm
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TAG your friends!
If you want to be tagged, kindly drop your handle in the comments box 👇
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And it was one fun interview full of real talk and lots of laughter on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Chimamanda, in her usual fashion, spoke on feminism. She also saidhow telling people to raise a child feminist is far easier than actually raising one.
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In her words, "It’s much easier to deal with a hypothetical child than a real child."
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The ten minute interview ended with her saying that feminism was not an attack on manhood but the fight for a just world: “There are some men who have been convinced. More men need to be. Trevor, you should get cracking.”
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