Sunday, July 31, 2011


At last, the journey has come to an end, and "Twilight at Terracotta Indigo" has gone on sales. For me, it was a journey that had its ups and downs. From the moment I put the first lines down on a scanty forty leaves notebook I had stumbled across in my hostel room in 2008, I fell in love with Marlene and drooled over Femi's cucumber cool character. The story rolled past my pen ink and by I started hitting the keyboard of my Acer laptop, my fingers flew effortlessly and of their own accord. Apparently, I had known Femi and Marlene in another life and befriended them.

"Twilight at Terracotta Indigo" for me was more than a story, it was part of a healing process. I had just come out of a relationship, and I need an outlet for my emotions. Coupled with my endless musing about life and the social practices I saw as unfair, I poured my heart out into the story. There were those terror filled nail biting moments when I sorted through my lines, checking to see if the suspense had been maintained and the potential reading audience had enough to keep them turning page after page till they found answers to the questions that seemed to trail the lives of my characters.

I had big plans for "Twilight at Terracotta indigo" and I wanted a well packaged novel that stood out in every way. As an unrelenting critic of several reading materials, I was conscious of grammatical errors and cover blemishes. To their credit, the guys at "Magic Wand" who published my novel did their best to deliver "Twilight at Terracotta Indigo" in the form that it is today. Although, I must confess that this was not without a few episodes of tantrums throwing, but thank God for his mercies, They still managed to pull it through.

Publicity for the book started with the first ever reading at "Waterfalls" restaurant off Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island. Trust your truly to get the best to read lines off the novel. The beautiful and sultry Nollywood actress Monalisa
Chinda delivered a reading that made "Twilight at Terracotta Indigo" something of a movie. Even I watched in captivating silence as the rise and fall of her voice transported me and the audience into another world that oddly bore the same name with the one we were physically in. It was purrfect!!! Cordelia Okpei of the FRCN
connection gave a performance that was also beautiful and no less powerful than Mona Lisa's rendering of my story. Next was Frank Edoho
of the "Who wants be a millionaire?" fame. Frank's voice, already famous for its booming quality on the family show easily held us spell bound. I am sure the women in the room did more than listen to him if you know what I mean. ;-). The venue of the reading was upscale and the intimate setting helped to bring those people who had honoured me with their presence close to the visiting stars. Yes it was a setting befitting of "Twilight at Terracotta Indigo" as well as Femi, Tolu, and Mrs Adesoga who no doubt are too classy to be subjected to anything less. I am sure Mrs Adesoga would have liked me even though my parents do not belong to her rich circle of friends. ( It's all in the book!)

Anyway, now the journey has come to an end, and the other pressing voices of my characters in my next book are screaming indignantly for my attention. I must attend to them. They too have met me in another life, and they insist that their story too must be told. I love them no less than I love Femi and Marlene. Only, I will have to trade the comfort of "Twilight at Terracotta Indigo" for less posh settings....*sigh* Still, I must attend to them. And oh, don't forget to look out for my collection of poems "Inside my head". A must have for those wise souls who gaze upon the universe with questions in their hearts.

Who else?


1) Debonairs Bookstores 294 Herbert Macaulay Street, Sabo, Yaba (opposite Hoares Memorial Methodist Church).

2) Naija Sistas Book stop, 26 Festival road, off Adetokunboh Ademola Street. (Same premises with Nelson Consulting)


Hub Media stores, Shoprite Lekki, Lagos

Lifestyle stores, Silverbird Galleria, Abuja

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