Thursday, July 26, 2007



Was a guest on Funmi Iyanda's television programme, "New Dawn", today to discuss sundry matters. Funmi's gotten more than her fair share of hate from the psychos that infiltrate the virtual world but she gave great suggestions off-screen as to handling this strange band.

It's Funmilola's birthday today, Friday the 27th, and I wish my lovely friend much more of the best life has to give.

Then met with the Orange Prize winner, Chimamanda Adichie, after the recording and I was star-struck. It had been a while between meetings, and for someone so young, she's achieved plenty. She's a great example of the rewards of industry.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous.

Anonymous said...

Funmi's gotten more than her fair share of hate from the psychos that infiltrate the virtual world ...


I say to the comment above....if you pay much attention to the nut jobs..it'll bother you. My best advice....exercise your right to delete....

I am glad at what Chimamanda has achieved. We need more like her. Have you met Seffi Atta yet? You should read her book..."Everything Good will Come". Helen Oyeyemi and Tolulope Ogunlesi are some other fine younbg writers.

Enjoy the weekend...

Noni

Nyemoni said...

Wow, Happy birthday to Ms. Iyanda and I'm quite sure I'll be star struck if I met Ms. Adichie... she's really a great example of the rewards of entertainment/ culture/ lifestyle industry and she's blessed... Long time 'papi!

Jumi said...

Laspapi, please share with us some of the off-screen tips Funmi gave you o! I trust her sha! I'm sure most of them na "gba kan subu!" :) Give her a special happy birthday hug from me. Una jus dey jollof for that Lagos; leave some enjoyment for us wey dey come later o! Have a great weekend!

Uzo said...

I would love to meet Chimamanda Adichie....She seems to have a very old soul........

catwalq said...

u look nothing like I thought you would. Thought you would be fair and fat. Don't know why, but that was my image of Laspapi. Dang! Got to go restructure all my fantasies now....

Absolutely love Chimamanda. God Willing, we will meet too in a creative capacity.

Good luck with ur projects sha

Ore said...

You are quite the star now. I read a write-up of the Season of WS in today's Business Day. And also on TV! Pity I probably won't be able to watch it.

Will see you on Sunday though.

laspapi said...

@ anon- Its ok. Someday, I'll do an intro. Funmi's easy to get on with.

@ anon (noni)- The right to delete is a powerful one. No, I haven't met Sefi Atta yet but her book is one of my most prized possessions. Extraordinary. As for Helen Oyeyemi's "Icarus Girl"? Sublime. I'm in touch with Tolu Ogunlesi though.

@ nyemoni- long time, 'moni. Come to the show on Sunday, now, abeg. Went rocking the town last night with funmi to celebrate her birthday, it was great fun.

@ jumi- you seem to know funmi well. She's a fearsome woman to cross. Lagos has simple pleasures and great fun if you're in the right company. I promise when you come, I'll get you to roll with funmi 1ce or 2ce.

@ uzo- I know what you mean, I think its the eyes...the way she looks at you and the things she says.

@ catwalq- sat grinning for a while when I read your comment. Go restructure those fantasies. You'll meet everyone, though. The Arts/Culture circuit is one where everyone knows the other or knows someone who knows the other.

@ Ore- lol @ "quite the star". I always was, you just didn't pass by my firmament, hehehe. See the paper you read se'f, Ore, "Business Day", you're such a serious female.
It'll be lovely to see you on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

@Las: The first anon was I. Don't know Funmi and her work. I was talking about Chimamanda. And I was talking about getting something published as she has, as opposed to meeting her.

Ide.

Noni Moss said...

Why is someone going around posting anonymous comments as me? Feels weird. Soo much so I cant remember what my comment was. Have a nice weekend 'papi!

Babawilly said...

My brother, you dey waka well o! See the fine women you dey met in just one day. When next I am in Naija, will report at your office straight from the airport, make I waka with you!

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laspapi said...

@ noni moss- how are you doing, noni? When I first saw the anonymous noni, I thought it was you but I think your namesake's male.

@ babawilly- make you drop your bag for house first before we hit town o, make area boys no t'ief your load :P

BabaAlaye said...

Saw the Jero Plays last night at the Terra Culture. Smashing stuff!
Sorry i didn't introduce myself i was undercover. I was a Gentleman at a show with another Gentlemans em.. wife.
And yeah i met Chimamanda. *wink*

laspapi said...

ah, babaalaye, I know you now. What did you tell chimamanda about that seat next to her? :P

Thank you for coming.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

ive heard a lot about Chimanda.. i've not read the book yet.. nowhere to be found.. at least not around these parts... lmao@babaalaye.. naughty naughty you... lol

laspapi said...

I think I'll help you get copies, Storm. They're available here. As for Babaalaye, he materialized from the mist.