Monday, May 14, 2007


NAIJA BLOGGERS- THE BOOK

This is a call to all Nigerian bloggers worldwide to become a part of An anthology of the greatest works of Nigerian Bloggers-

A book called Naija bloggers Vol 1.

Nigerian Bloggers around the globe are requested to send in their stories or recommend great posts for the publication of a physical anthology, the first of its kind by any group of bloggers on any continent.

The categories are anecdotes, short stories, poetry, prose, drama and essays but there is room for as many sub-categories as are sent in as the book will also serve as a platform where artistes can showcase architectural/interior/exterior designs, photography, paintings as well as fashion and textile designs. Submissions are therefore welcome on any topic whether covered here or not.

There is only one condition- All submissions must have been blogged on or before Monday the 14th of May 2007.

Bloggers may submit up to 5 entries on any topic or issue but no blogger may have more than 3 works published. The Copyright of Articles remains the possession of the original writers.

The profiles of writers will be added to the anthology (those who wish to remain anonymous may do so, however)

Royalties will be discussed with selected contributors before publication.

The intention is to publish worldwide in stages, first stage being Nigeria and to make the book available all over the world.

Talks are on with publishers in Nigeria including Spectrum, Farafina and Khalam Editions.

It is expected that a compilation of the best of Nigerian minds on the internet will make fantastic reading, show a new and much needed side of Nigerians to the entire world, as well as give access to those who are not internet-inclined.

Submissions should be sent to nigerianbloggers@yahoo.com not later than Friday, June the 15th 2007 stating date of blogging and blogname/address.

Please note that submission does not automatically guarantee the publication of all or any of the works. The final selection will be made by respected Nigerian writers.

co-ordinator- laspapi

Kindly link this post on your blog.

56 comments:

snazzy said...

I like the concept of the anthology. I also like the optimism of the volume 1. May there be many more volumes.

Anyway the short story thing. For my sins I am in the editorial board cd group for eti-osa. We decided to host a short story competition for v/i and lekki schools ss1 and ss2 students. It's pretty rushed, cos we're giving them two weeks to submit and then the judges about two to three weeks to judge.

Nyemoni said...

The concept sounds intersting for real.. Good job las...

BOA said...

Shit men! laspapi you beat me to this idea... kai... why i come slow like dis ;-)))

Really, a while ago i toyed with this idea... it's already caught on well in the western hemisphere of blogsville. and it'd be a great concept to develop in Nigeria... I expect that the book will be a bestseller... interestingly there's an article today in the UK Guardian on "BLOOKS" - blog2book... books that emerge from the "foetuses" of blogs
http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2079793,00.html

Omo Alagbede
http://www.omoalagbede.blogspot.com

imnakoya said...

Excellent! will digest and return with more questions.
To BOA: Life is all about collaboration...make 'Papi an offer he can't refuse.

Pink-satin said...

good idea!someone sud get naijafineboy to send in his hilarious tories

Cheetarah said...

I always tot that if some1 made a book out of entries it would be a fab read, nice1

akin aworan said...

I'm down with it.. :-)

Ugo Daniels said...

roger that, aiite. no long thing. yu guyz will be hearin from me soon!

laspapi said...

snazzy,
thanks for the prayer. There will be many more volumes. Amen. Make sure you send in your submissions for this one.

The short story competition- just send the entries to my e-address (laspapi@yahoo.com)and tell me what you're scoring (originality etc)

nyemoni, thanks. You have to be a part of it.

boa- fortune favours the daring. son of the blacksmith,send in your entries.

imnakoya- very good. talk to you soon, then

pink-satin, please help inform naijafineboy

cheetarah- Its time for great minds to contribute alike now. come submit your works, cheetarah

@ aworan, looking forward to you being a part of this

@ ugo- How's cypress, dude? Looking forward to you being a part of it

~Mimi~ said...

Wow! Nice concept. I had been thinking of something like this (not a book) but more along the line of a bloggers conference or something, where we all do something positive for our dearest nation.... this is a very good start.

I am on board with this idea.

Tayo said...

Laspapi, fab idea. I believe this will create more awareness for blogs, the internet and the IT industry in Nigeria. Expect my mail soon. I expect there'll be different categories/sections in the book ... because Naija bloggers have bloged around every topic imaginable on the planet.
@omoalagbede, sorry o ... You too slow!
@Mimi, wassup? Long time

twinstaiye said...

How about submitting blog as a whole while the editor choose whichever posts they deem qualify for the book. I for one dont know which of my post is worthy submitting for the book.

Naijadude said...

It sounds like a very brilliant idea! and yeah I saw ur comment, how do I go about submitting that post and I have another story too! LOL

How are you my fav. playwriter?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

oh dang.. my jolene is gonna publish?!?! i can't wait to see what you come up with..

papi you already know how i feel about this idea.. it's absolutely brilliant... 'colour me glad' to be a part of it... in fact i'm gonna burst into song and dance(just because you hate my yoruba so much... its gonna be in yoruba.. please tell me you remember this song)

bobo no go die unless toba da arugbo bobooooooooooooo
ayeeee ayeeeeeee
ge ge ge ge ge ge i sit down for my house...

consolidation... (sing in 'whiny voice' until fadeout)...

chicala said...

Good idea, looking 4ward to seeing how nice it'lld all turn out.I'm sooo down with it!

Naija Vixen said...

Great idea Laspapi...will link it tomorrow!

laspapi said...

@ mimi- the bloggers conference is a great idea, mimi. I'll support that whenever it comes up. Thank you for stopping by.

@ tayo- you got the idea. There'll be as many categories as there are topics, and I've seen some really way out but brilliant posts. It doesn't matter how far-removed from the mainstream the topic is, once its good, it goes in.

@ twins- (lol) abeg, don't submit your entire blog o :D
Can you imagine what it would be like if everyone else did? I know many of us will have difficulty choosing but choose we must. Waiting to see your eventual decisions.

@ naija dude- that story with the police was a truly poignant one. I sat reading and imagining myself in your position.
Just send the ones you've picked to nigerianbloggers@yahoo.com

@ Storm- you're singing Wasiu's fuji? foggerrit men! Its going to be a rich collection, I can imagine, and for brilliance, it might easily be one of the best books out of Nigeria. There are too many brilliant writers, blogging. Let me see them say "Naija Bloggers" won't win every book award in Nigeria next year.

@ chicala- Thank you, chicala. Everyone's support is essential. Don't forget to submit early.

@ naija vixen- yayyyyy, vixen, you've always got my back. Thanks.

azuka said...

That's intriguing. I wonder if I have anything good enough to be in it.

laspapi said...

From what I've read of you, Azuka, you'll have plenty.

omohemi Benson said...

Kare o, omo re.
Owo e a ma roke,ile ise e o ni jona. Olorun yio ma ran e lowo.
I hope my yoruba is on point.
Well done laspapi,you blaze all the time.

Naija Vixen said...

Hey 'Papi...update!!! lol @ OWNB's song!

Tayo said...

Laspapi, what's the maximum number of articles that can be submitted by each blogger???

ababoypart2 said...

Brilliant idea..

AN IBO DUDE'S CORNER said...

nice idea... but i dont think i have a chance in hell to get selected

keep up the good work

Ugo Daniels said...
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Chude! said...

oga laspapi

i just replied on my blog. i will post this on sunday from a friend's. have a problem with being able to upload from my blog. something to do with the connection.l thank God the idea is floating!

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

great idea...
hope to find something to share..
i nominate the last post on chude's blog... 'seeing is believin
a MUST read...

laspapi said...

omohemi, you got the yoruba right. Thank you for the encouragement.

vixen- I've heeded your call. An update cometh. Forget Storm's fuji attempts, musical food poisoning, hehe.

tayo- maximum submissions are 5. Maximum works of any one blogger that will be published are 3

ababoy, many thanks...

ibo dude- I disagree with you. Send in your stuff and you might be surprised

chude- alright, then. Waiting. And where are your submissions?
ps. Olaiya's open again.

my stories- waiting for your submissions too. I'll go check out chude's soon

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Naija Vixen gave me the heads up on this. Great idea. It will be great to read.

laspapi said...

hello, solo'delle, nice to see you. I think you should contribute your works to the book as well.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

emi overwhelmed naija babe... musical food poison... o serious rara papi sho gbo... emi ni fantastic singer... with fantastic melodies... shiooo...

Lati Canada won pe(lol.. no more kpe) me for my musick
Lati Japan... won pe me for my lyrics
Lati Jerusalem won pe me for my dancing...
(sing Lati in c-flat voice until complete fadeout)
and if you give any contrary comment about my singing.. i will serenade you daily with any song of my choice.. even up till nursery rhymes and theme songs for tv shows...

e pe me e pe me
iya mi leko

exschoolnerd said...

This is a lovely idea..that has crossed my mind lots of times am glad its actually going to be a reality...would send a couple o fentry..lets hope mine gets picked..

Naija Vixen said...

OWNB--- jesus!!!you a lyricist oh!!! I shuld get KWAM1 to get on his songwriting team...steady cash flow you know!!! LOL!

Nilla said...

I think it's a great idea. I'll put up a link on my blog.

laspapi said...

iya mi l'eko- you're multi-lingual which is an amazing strength but you still can't sing for your supper. Dont give up the day job, Storm ;D

ex-schoolnerd: it would be great to have you on board. Awaiting your entries

vixen- you better don't encourage salawa 'ONB' abeni in her dream of becoming the first North American- based fuji exponent- hehehe

nilla- good to have you around again. How are you settling down?
Please link.

Atala Wala Wala said...

I just saw this, because work has taken me away from the world of blogging for now.

Needless to say, I think this is a GREAT idea. I think you're going to get flooded with submisssions, so you're going to need to give a thought as to what criteria you're going to pick and choose entries for the book.

I'll be spreading the word and submitting a few entries from my blogs... if you need any help on ideas, you can ping me at the email address on my blog.

Cheers, and good luck!

AWW

2plus2 said...

this is gonna be fun

laspapi said...

atala wala wala- thanks for the support and for spreading the word, awaiting your submissions too. I'll be sure to get in touch with you.

2+2- it will be. Hang on for the ride.

laspapi said...

2plus2,
stopped by your blog, nice place but they wouldnt let me comment, said I had to be a member of Yahoo 360.

I think you should try getting a site on blogspot.com (even if you want to retain that one)

T said...

Wow.. I'm really looking forward to this. I just started blogging a while ago and haven't really been consistent in what/when/how I blog. I also haven't come across that many Nigerian blogs; seems like everybody's here on Blogger! Maybe I should switch....hmmm...

Well, I'll spread the word on my page just in case. This sounds like a great idea... Can't wait to get my hands on the book..

laspapi said...

T, thank you for stopping by. Yea, everyone does appear to be on blogger, its user-friendly, I think. Try and see if you have anything you could submit. Hope to see you around again.

laspapi said...

@ T, see the problem with non-blogspot sites? Stopped by yours to see how you were doing, great layout and all but I couldn't leave a comment except I joined "Xanga". Come join blogspot

Mona said...

wow ive missed so much :-/

will link this post - and pls get in touch xx

laspapi said...

where've you been, mona? I'll get in touch.

Idemili said...

@ ONB: Just how many 'Jolenes' do you have?!

Laspapi:I already asked the question I wanted to on another post.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

lol@iDe.. i only have one jolene oh.. Naijadude... (thats who i was talking about *ommie*)

Idemili said...

Laspapi: I don't know. Do you think I should hand in 'those?'

laspapi said...

Idemili, they're very good, and the anthology won't affect if you still want to make a book out of the series. You have a wide range of articles to choose from, though.

Jaycee said...

wow, this is interesting...I'm only just seeing this (yeah, latecomer me!). This is a GREAT concept/idea. Woahhh...

Jaycee said...

I'll put the link on my blog too...

laspapi said...

Thanks jaycee, had no idea you hadn't heard, I'd have come over to yours. Thanks for the link and hope to see your submissions soon.

The Last King Of Scotland said...

very nice concept. if u feel the need to publish anything i have written u may send me an email aight or send me a comment. nice one

onydchic said...

Hi, nice idea! Thing is, forgive me if i missed it, but HOW do you submit entries??? Do u send links to the pages? and to where?

onydchic said...

sorry ive seen it!

laspapi said...

onydchic, welcome here.
It'd be good to see your submissions.

laspapi said...

last king, thank you for stopping by. Didnt notice your comment at first. I'm afraid you'll have to make your choices. The things we take might not suit you. Send any five works, we'll choose a maximum of 3. Send to nigerianbloggers@yahoo.com