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I’m Writing my First Novel!

It has been quite some time! In Yoruba we say “eku jo meta” or like I like to say, “eku jo mewa”. It’s basically a greeting acknowledging that it’s been a reeeeeal long time. It seems I dust off my WordPress login once a year lately.

For those who don’t know, I will be starting grad school in a few weeks. Big thanks to my mom for her support and making this possible. I have also recently embarked on the intensive journey of writing my first novel! I’ve been working on it for years in bits and pieces. Now I’m challenged with completing it asap. I just don’t think a social scientist / PhD gets to write and promote creative fiction. If so, maybe years after. So I want to get it out of the way before I become too much of a “scholar” 😉

Thanks to my most amazing friends, I’ve been able to secure travel plans to Morocco to “finish” this novel. I’m sooooooo excited! The plan is to write as much as I can before setting off so that by the end of my trip, I will have a completed first draft.

In order to make sure this isn’t just a pipe dream, where I’m talking about writing a book that never gets finished, I’m scheduling the book launch party now for next year July. How’s that for accountability and pressure? =D I’m taking suggestions for location, but I’m in talks with a few venues in Brooklyn  & Manhattan right now.

I’ve created the above book cover just to make it a little more real, though I highly doubt that will be the final cover. If you know of a great African painter who might have the perfect “oil on acrylic”, do link me.

In order to help hold me accountable and support me in the journey of writing this book, I’m asking you to pre-order a copy. Your pre-order gets you a signed copy and, if you’d like, a ticket to the book launch party where you’ll have dinner, drinks and dancing. You also have the option of just ordering a paperback to be mailed to you after the launch. Please see below:

About Lolade

Lolade is a Gates Cambridge Scholar, starting her PhD in Sociology with the 2019 class. She recently graduated with her MA in African Studies [Sociology discipline] from Yale University where she researched ethnic identity formation among Nigerian immigrants in New York, Tokyo and Mumbai. She is the author of 'Market of Dreams' a radical poetry collection about love and freedom. She obsesses over indigenous textiles, cultural preservation and innovation, and intimately connecting the African Diaspora.

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