Monday, May 17, 2010

Alright, I have answered your questions.

Our people say:
Igbo: "Nwunye anyi, nwunye anyi": ka ndeli bia ka anyi mara onye o bu nwunye ya.
Eng: "Our wife, our wife": come midnight and we will know whose wife she really is.- Igbo Proverb.

You all are amazing sha. So, here we go my dears.

How and why did you start blogging?
I started with my first blog sometime half-way through 2009 when I figured that it would be a beautiful platform to put out my works and network. However, I stopped blogging with that address because some issues came up. Then, early this year (2010), I started with BurntBottomPot for the same reasons but I worked on the issues that came between me and blogging the first time to create a better blogging experience.

Who picks names as NakedSha and BurntBottomPot and what do they mean?

Alright, I saw these coming. NakedSha stems from two words, Naked and Sha. Naked in this sense refers to plain, simple and in true, unadulterated form. Sha is slang in Pidgin English and for those who do not speak or understand Pidgin; it’s quite difficult to translate Sha to English Language. The closest word would probably be ‘anyway even though it doesn’t do justice to the meaning of the word, Sha.
BurntBottomPot of course means the burnt part of the bottom of the pot. Do not blame me jare, I like food. J So, I’m guessing that a couple of you know how much the slightly burnt bottom of Nigerian food tastes especially when you scrape it directly out of the pot? Imagine the BurntBottomPot of asaro or jollof spaghetti or jollof rice. Wouldn’t you agree that that’s the best part of the meal? So, I brought that concept to my blogging and since I consider myself a storyteller, I would like for my blog to become the BurntBottomPot of storytelling.

Which bloggers (that you didn't know before) have you met in real life?
I met with Diane of AfricanWardrobeDiary in Atlanta in March. She was very easy to interact with and we had lunch together, downtown. I have a couple of friends who blog but that was not the question. 

Who is/are your mentor(s)?
I have a few mentors for a couple of aspects of my life; people who I learn certain things from. My father and my mother are sort of my all-round mentors and so are my siblings (life wouldn’t give you better friends). In terms of African writing, Chris Abani, Uwem Akpan and Chimamanda Adichie are authors who I have read and adored. Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes' hair is mind-blowing and so is her sense of style from head to toe.  Jesus Christ is my ultimate mentor.

Are you writing a book, an anthology of poems or a memoir?
I am currently collecting my poetry and most likely may decide to publish later on. I am just not focusing in that direction yet, instead I am working on improving my writing. I would like to publish fiction in the near future but also, I am working on my writing. As for a memoir, thanks for the suggestion. I will now begin to consider that. 

When are you releasing your John Mayer sounding album?
I laughed out loud at this question. I would like to consider this a compliment; thank you. I would also like to conclude that John Mayer was mentioned because of my style of music. Oh well! I most likely will not be releasing an album now or ever. I do however sing with my family, friends and of course by myself. I also play my guitar and have performed music in front of audiences but that’s how far it goes. I am also on the worship team. My friends and I called ourselves EBONY (formed from the first letters of all our middle names) while we were in secondary school and sometimes when necessary, Ebony is awakened.

How many languages do you speak?
Alright, I am most fluent in English since it is my first language. I am pretty fluent in Yoruba and French and can communicate effectively in those. Pidgin English runs side by side with my blood. I do not understand how someone could like Pidgin the way I do. Edo is unfortunately the least fluent of all these.

The Proverbs?
Honestly, I was blown away by the number of questions I received on the proverbs especially to my e-mail address. I love African proverbs and wise sayings a lot because of the simplicity of the language used and the intricacy of their meanings. It takes a lot of wit to understand the depth of proverbs. I decided to bring them to my blog as a spice but it turns out some people come to my blog solely for the proverbs which I think is interesting. I get my proverbs from a couple of websites, books and my own knowledge from oral tradition. I think it is important to revive the art of using proverbs in our society. The art of proverbs hasn’t died down yet but it has drastically reduced.  

There we go, thanks for asking all these questions. Your comments, your questions, your critiques and your readership are the maggi to this pot. Maggi and Knorr are my favourite spices. 

You could still send me questions if you wish to and I will answer them as we go along. 

Alrighty, I think this is something that we all should share. So, if you wish, go ahead and do this.


  1. I can't speak EDO either... just English & PIDGIN! Nothing b like to de nack broken english o! Tori de flow kolay kolay when speaking it.. hehehehehe...i enjoyed reading it & getting to know you better. Weldone

  2. oooh! i feel u on the burnt bottom pot thingi, i always love the slightly burnt beans porridge or yam, its very....delicious!
    nice knowing u!

    @nitty gritty: lol @ kolay kolay! p

  3. Interesting answers to them questions

  4. Coming up with those names... Interesting! Why burntbottompot and not burntpotbottom?

  5. I think your blog is a beautiful original idea because of the Proverbs. Keep it up *wink*

    The John Mayer question and answer--> hilarious

    Glad to know that you may be publishing your poems later, are improving your writing, and may be considering my idea of a memoir *smiles*

    As for authors, I'm hopping over to my Amazon Wishlist to bookmark
    Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes' Hair.

  6. Omo, me sef don dey stay Benin since I was 4. I'm now 27 and can't speak jack about the language so don't worry urself. lol.

  7. I only recently discovered your blog. It is a unique contribution to Blogsville. I request the right to 'blame' you for my latest post. It is a well intentioned 'blame' sent in good spirit, though.

  8. @Naijalines, heeeey, thank you oh jare. I read your post and there's so much depth beyond the dirtiness of some proverbs.

    @Sugarking, I guess I'm excused then.

    @Jaycee, thank you. Shoniwa Shingai is actually a singer. Check her out, she's amazing.

    @Daylight, that's how we actually call it...

    @Harry, Omotee and Nitty Gritty, thank you so much oh.

  9. As you know, I love the proverbs, always check them out and try to memorise, lol.

    Nice window to you, I look forward to your collection of poem. I hoep we meet one of these days too.

  10. Great answers o. I liked the way you answered my own questions sha. Please, publish your poems o. I am sure you'd make a good sale of them. God bless :)

    - LDP

  11. Thank you Myne and LDP. I look forward to meeting you too, Myne.

  12. I definitely love the proverbs. Myne gave me a good idea I should try to memorize the Yoruba ones since I can speak that fluently. Maybe someday I will be able to spit some proverbs for my future children. haha. The burnt bottom pot description was making my mouth watery. Hmmm I would love some asharo right now.


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