Monday, 5 June 2017

Mya's Thought Literary Blog is now

Dear Readers,

This is our last post as Mya's Thought Literary Blog, thank you for following us and viewing this blog through the years.

We have rebranded and are now . Our aim is to continue providing you with the latest news on literature, arts/culture and entertainment across the African continent.

Kindly join us at, we promise you will not be disappointed.

See you all there and God bless!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Nigerian among 15 female creative leaders chosen to take part in Cannes Lions ‘See It Be It’ 2017 exclusive programme

Cannes Lion, International Festival of Creativity has release its shortlist of 15 female creative experts chosen from different parts of the world to participant at this year’s ‘See It Be It’ category of the Cannes exclusive programme.

The seven-day festival plays host the largest gathering of worldwide advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators, PR experts and marketers from about 100 countries around the world. 

The ‘See It Be It’ category was introduced in 2014 when Cannes organisers noticed the disparity in the attendance and participation of female middle and senior level creative’s managers at the festival. This could only mean that fewer women were involved in the creation process across creative agencies globally. 

In a bid to increase the ratio of women leaders in creative departments in agencies worldwide, Cannes selects a group of 15 women every year to take part in series of main stage seminars, get involved in behind-the-scenes jury room access to learn what goes into stand-out campaigns and benefit from specially designed workshops with awarded senior creatives. 

These ladies will also have one-to-one mentoring with a host of the most respected industry leaders and a range of networking opportunities.

Madonna Badger, the 2017 See It Be It Ambassador commented that “The talented and confident 15 women that were chosen for this year’s Cannes Lion See It Be It program represent various creative positions inside and out of agencies, large and small. They are also leaders who are actively effecting change in their communities. One of our goals this year will be to creatively strategize a format for past and present See It, Be It participants to become a trusted support system for creative women globally. I am so honored and excited to get to know all of these remarkable women.”

Below is a list of this year’s participants;

Adebola Adegbulugbe
Copy Group Head, Insight Publicis, Nigeria

Adebola is Copy Group Head at Insight Publicis, Nigeria's leading advertising agency. Where she has worked for over 9 years and is an expert in creating award winning campaigns for top clients such as Heineken, GSK, MTN and Tecno Mobile etc.

When she's not writing copy to help her clients get amazing marketing results, she loves volunteering as a mentor for teenage girls with her group Women Educating Girls, you can also find her interviewing unsung Nigerian heroines and writing inspirational articles for an online and offline magazine set to inspire, inform and empower Nigerian women to live a more purposeful life.

Adebola is the only African among this year’s participants.

Atiya Zaidi
Executive Creative Director North, Synergy Dentsu, Islamabad

Atiya says a story saved her. She was at a cross roads in her life and was about to quit college, Chelsea college of Arts and Design, London; she remembered a story her mother told her as a child. On a perilous journey a magical voice tells the travellers, “Don’t turn back or you will turn into stone, don’t turn back!” If she had turned back and chosen a life of comfort back home rather than being a single parent to a 10-month-old baby and a full time student, I would have turned into stone - not pushing myself. This is the power of an impactful story, and that’s what I want to master. With so many doubts lulling one to sleep at night, I dragged myself to a graduation and lived to tell the tale. My fears made me fearless and that’s what I applied in my career. Advertising is what I know yet I know nothing and that’s the most exciting thing about life. There is so much more to learn, to explore and to be amazed with. As a mother of two kids, I made it this far, but I am not there yet.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Etisalat announces call for entries to 2016 Prize for Literature

Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature. This is coming just a few months after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie among distinguished achievers who receive honorary degrees at Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University has awarded eight distinguished achievers with its honorary degrees for been role models in their chosen field. The awardees include Judith Rodin, Susan Baker, Spike Lee, Laurie Zabin, Shale Stiller, Ellen Heller, Richard Axel and our favorite feminist and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Johns Hopkins University to award honorary degrees to Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and others

Johns Hopkins University has announced that they will be honoring eight distinguished achievers with an honorary degrees this year. Among that list is popular Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who also holds a creative writing Master from the University.

The honorary degrees presentation is set to hold on the May 18 at Royal Farms Arena.

"The men and women in this group are visionaries who have challenged the status quo and changed the world for the better," said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. "They have made a lasting impact on the arts, public health, the law, Neuroscience, and the resilience of communities here in Baltimore and across the globe. At Johns Hopkins, we share their commitment to innovate and to work for the benefit of humankind, and I'm so pleased that these honorary degrees will celebrate all they have accomplished."

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Channels Book Club Reviews Author Lape Soetan's book

Hello everyone,

Over the weekend, author Lape Soetan and I were invited on the Channels TV book club programme to review her books, ‘How to be a Single Woman in Your 30s in Lagos’ and ‘7 Steps to Meeting the One’.

In this interview, Lape explains what motivated her to write for single women in their 30s in Lagos. I was also invited to join in the conversation as a single woman in my early 30s. See the video below, watch Lape and I share our experiences. 


Part 1

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Fiston Mwanza Mujila announced Winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature

 Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Poet and novelist Fiston Mwanza Mujila was on Saturday, 19th March 2016 announced as the winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his first novel, Tram 83. Originally written in French, Tram 83 was translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum. 35-year-old Mujila is the first Francophone writer to win the prestigious Etisalat Prize, the first ever pan-African prize that celebrates debut fiction books by African authors.

Fiston Mujila was announced winner by the Chair of judges, Ato Quayson, at the award ceremony held at Intercontinental Lagos Hotel, which was broadcast live on Hip TV and viewed by over 30 million people across Africa. The event was also live-streamed on the internet.

Mujila was presented with a £15,000 cheque, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and an Iphone 6S. He will also have the opportunity to attend the Etisalat Fellowship, worth £13,000, at the prestigious University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden.

Monday, 21 March 2016

A father introduces his newborn daughter to books, how inspiring!

Hello everyone,

Over the weekend, I read a very inspiring open letter on about a father who began to introduce his newborn daughter of barely 4 months to books. While suggesting authors to her, he recommended our very own Chinua Achebe amount others.

This story was especially inspiring because it portrays a fathers love and worry of wanting to equip his daughter about the realities of life and how books can help her understand the world better.

See the open letter below for your reading pleasure.


Dear Matilda,

It’s your dad here. The one without the milk.

Please excuse this decidedly old fashioned way of communicating. Letters are rather passe even now. No doubt by the time you’re old enough to read this you’ll probably be communicating via holographic kitten emojis beamed directly between brain implants.

I want to be straight with you. So far in our three month relationship I haven’t actually felt like a parent. I’ve always thought parenting meant imparting wisdom to you, like Atticus to Scout. All I feel I’ve imparted is fresh nappies and a firm tap on the back during 3am burping sessions.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 to be unveiled March 19

Hello Literary Lovers,

On Saturday, March 19 2016 a winner will emerge in the third edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature. It is a three-way literary battle on who will win Africa’s most prestigious literature Prize. The shortlisted books are The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by South Africa’s Penny Busetto, Tram 83 by Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila and What Will People Say? by another South African, Rehana Rossouw.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Terra Kulture presents Motion & Emotions, an exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Media by Ogaga Tuodeinye

Hello everyone,

Are you a lover of art?

Terra Kulture presents Motion & Emotions, an exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Media by Ogaga Tuodeinye from Saturday 5th - 14th March 2016 at Terra Kulture Art Gallery.

See invitation below for full details.

Click here to view the full Catalogue.